Writer and campaigner with expertise in media trends, civil rights, and electoral and movement politics. Hannah is currently focused on addressing climate change, with an approach grounded in human rights and economic equality.
Hannah has focused in the last ten years on sustainability, specializing for the last five on renewable energy and cleantech.
As Communications Manager for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, Hannah promoted new technologies that can speed up the transition to renewable energy and electric transport. Consulting with windows efficiency company INOVUES, she helped get a commercial-buildings cleantech company off the ground and in front of its first clients.
Hannah worked in solar residential sales for SolarCity and its former subsidiary in Colorado, EcoMark Solar. In 2016 she founded the Greater Philadelphia Renewable Energy Society, a monthly meetup for regional clean energy networking.
As a writer and editor, Hannah reported for TriplePundit, Greenbiz, Shareable and Forbes, covering the UN Earth Summit Rio + 20, and editing the Biomimicry 2.0 handbook. Working with Thinkshift Communications, she expanded earned media coverage of the Fish 2.0 innovation initiative in sustainable sead
She helped two startups in their founding stages: ecoAmerica, and Cradle to Cradle, an NGO that helps manufacturers create healthy and sustainable products and buildings materials based on the seminal text Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
In 2014, she organized the National Leadership Gathering for Not In Our Town, a network of groups addressing hate crimes, racism and religious intolerance in schools and communities.
From 2008 to 2011, Hannah served as National Field Director for the Media and Democracy Coalition and later the U.C.C. Office of Communication Inc. In Congress and at the FCC, Hannah advocated for reducing media consolidation, protecting freedom of speech on the Internet, increasing funding for public media, and more.
As a political consultant in Philadelphia, she implemented organizing strategies with specialties in grassroots organizing, earned media, and online/social media communication. Notable work included leadership roles in Philly for Change, the reform movement of 2005-2008, the Nutter for Mayor campaign, and the anti-casino movement, which led to heightened public participation in Delaware riverfront planning. She did research and ran campaigns for SEIU (twice), USAction, and MoveOn, and led the organizing of the first statewide conferences on fracking in Pennsylvania, in 2007.
Volunteer work includes the National Federation of Worker Cooperatives, blogging for the Burning Man Project, and on the boards of Independent Arts and Media and of Common Frequency, which builds independent radio stations.
Hannah is a fellow of the Poynter Institute’s Sense-Making Project for Media Innovators, and has spoken on media to the Internet Society, Women in Film and Video, NetSquared Philadelphia, and others.
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