Hanna Hope

Chief of Staff, S '18

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A U.S. Senate campaign veteran and nonprofit professional, Hanna Hope is the Chief of Staff for Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.

A key member of the team that grew the Georgetown Institute into a respected place for public service and politics, Hanna manages the Institute’s operations, works closely with its Advisory Board members, and coordinates development and fundraising efforts. Her work as Chief of Staff combines her passions for politics and management.

Hanna hails from Atlanta, GA, where she previously worked on Michelle Nunn’s US Senate campaign. She was also involved with several nonprofits there.

She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and is now getting her Executive Master’s in Global Strategic Communications at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. In her spare time, Hanna can be found cooking for friends and family, reading up a storm, and hiking.

Hanna finds great joy in spending time with smart and passionate Georgetown students, and knows without a shadow of a doubt that she has the best job imaginable.

— Get to Know Hanna Hope! —

What do you like to do when you’re away from the Hilltop? Do you have any hobbies?
When I’m not working or doing school work (I’m currently enrolled in grad school right here at Georgetown in the Executive Master’s in Global Strategic Communications program!), I enjoy cooking and entertaining and pretending to be Martha Stewart.

Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I was an actor for the first 18 years of my life! Community theatre, high school plays, voiceover work – there’s even an educational video series featuring me floating around being used to teach English to Japanese students.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is being able to help give students access to the people they admire.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Work hard, and be nice to people.

If you could have lunch with someone dead or alive, fictional or real, who would it be?
Robin Williams

Books I highly recommend…
This year I loved reading Tiny Beautiful Things, Rising Strong, and American Icon (it’s about the campaign to turn around Ford Motor Company and I can’t recommend it enough, for leaders, managers, car aficionados, and well… basically everyone!). The Time Traveler’s Wife is one that I love so much that I re-read it almost once a year. Everyone should read When Breath Becomes Air at least once. It’ll completely shift your perspective on health and family. Lastly, I’m a sucker for a good mystery or thriller! PS: more book recommendations and reviews here!

Share a fun fact or strange talent.
I can bake a pound cake from scratch in under 15 minutes!

Who inspires you?
The women in my family. And Joe Biden!

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