Communications & Development Assistant
“I have always loved helping people. College clarified for me that social justice is what I am passionate about.”
Hannah is a global citizen from head to... heart. She uses the term “social justice” in its highest sense, referring not just to people, but also to environmental justice for the planet as an eco-system and as a home for its diverse inhabitants. Hannah was drawn to Heart to Heart by the global reach of our mission and by how Heart to Heart’s approach results in sustainable new children’s heart programs.
Hannah credits her liberal arts education at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with igniting her interest in social justice and her desire to truly make a difference. In her senior thesis, Hannah catalogued the challenges of resettling refugees in the US, from expensive housing, to entering the job market, to overcoming language barriers—and the added complexities of integrating children into school. For her thesis presentation, Hannah created charts and graphs to supplement her research findings; she also curated maps and political cartoons. Hannah is excited by the potential to complement her passion for social justice with her knack for digital arts and design.
For her Bachelor of Arts, Hannah majored in geography and minored in urban studies. While still at university, she interned with two nonprofits: the International Rescue Committee in San Jose, working with newly arrived refugees in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Our Family Coalition, which is dedicated to advancing equity for LGBTQ individuals and their families. As part of the Coalition’s communications team, Hannah helped manage social media platforms, photographed events, and conducted interviews with families. She also traveled to Guatemala on a faculty-led agro-ecology trip, studying community development and cloud forest conservation. Hannah is eager to start studying Spanish; she describes her conversational German as functionally proficient.
After graduating, Hannah completed a summer internship at a progressive think-tank in Washington, DC before relocating to the West Coast. She is exploring the San Francisco Bay Area on foot—her current favorite hiking trails are in Muir Woods and Tilden Park.