Hermen is originally from The Netherlands and moved to the D.M.V. in 2017. Growing up, Hermen developed a strong passion for people and achieving social justice for those less fortunate. He went on to earn his B.S. in social work and then worked with teenagers to help them become more self-sufficient. Working in fundraising and communications, he developed strategies and managed the database system to raise funds and awareness for refugees in Europe. Hermen also serves on the board of Hope’s Journey, a non-profit aiming to restore hope and provide practical, comprehensive support to those who are currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness. In his spare time, Hermen and his wife organize monthly community events in their apartment to help residents build community.