Dr. Gloria Bromell-Tinubu is an applied economist, educator, and public servant with more than 35 years of experience in community economic development, entrepreneurship education, and economic consulting.
She is a certified instructor with NxLeveL® Entrepreneurial Training Program and serves as their State Administrator for South Carolina and Georgia. She serves on the board of two innovation centers in Conway and Georgetown.
Born in Georgetown County’s Brookgreen Gardens and raised in Plantersville on a family farm that her great-grandfather purchased in 1883, Dr. Bromell-Tinubu is the seventh of eight children born to the late Beatrice and Charlie Bromell. Her father was a proud farmer and her mother worked hard as a maid in Myrtle Beach. Both had less than an elementary school education, but were determined to see that their children got the education and opportunities they never had. Dr. Bromell-Tinubu worked hard to make that dream come true, first by graduating second in her class from Choppee High School (now Carver’s Bay), earning an undergraduate degree with honors in Fine Arts with a major in theater from Howard University, becoming the first African-American woman to earn a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Clemson University, and later becoming the first African American, male or female, to receive a Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University.
Dr. Bromell-Tinubu recently served as Economic Development Director for the City of Georgetown and is the former State Director for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. She is a former teaching associate of the College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She began her teaching career at her former high school, Choppee High, in 1974 and in higher education as a professor of economics in 1986 at Spelman College where she was the Chair of the Economics Department and tenured professor of economics. She is former President of Barber-Scotia College and former member of the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Board of Education, and the Atlanta City Council. In 2012, she was the first African American woman in South Carolina to run for and win a congressional nomination for her party.
Dr. Bromell-Tinubu serves in advisory roles for Georgetown RISE, Plantersville Cultural Center, and the SC Department of Commerce Workforce Advisory Board for the Waccamaw Region. She is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of The Mitney Project in Georgetown, Palmetto Works Community Development Corporation in Conway, the Economic Development Committee of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. She also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of South Carolina.
Dr. Bromell-Tinubu has received numerous honors and awards for her community and public service. She received the Sadie Grice Funny Foundation Award Gala November 2014 (Myrtle Beach). She has been listed among Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, Atlanta Business League’s 100 Most Influential Black Women (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003), Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Influential Georgians (2001), and Essence Magazine’s 25 Women Who are Shaping the World (2005). She received Spelman College’s Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service Award (1998) and the College’s Community Service and Public Policy Award (2000). She is also a recipient of the Winnie Mandela Humanitarian Award for Public Service (2001).
Dr. Bromell-Tinubu and her husband Soji, also a graduate of Clemson University with a master’s degree in civil engineering, have four adult children and five grandchildren.