Hanna Hope

Director of External Relations and Operations, S '18

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A high energy team player and motivational manager, Hanna Hope is the Director of External Relations and Operations for Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.

Hanna has spent the last three years working alongside the Executive Director to develop and manage the strategy to launch and grow the first Institute of Politics in Washington, D.C. Hanna creates and implements communication strategy, handles relationships with senior leaders across the university and in politics and public service, and manages the daily workflow, budget, and fundraising plan. Her work combines her passions for politics, management, and leadership. She is the calm in a storm and brings a sense of humor to whatever she does.

Hanna hails from Atlanta, GA, where she graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University and received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She recently earned her Executive Master’s in Global Strategic Communications at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies in 2018. In her spare time, Hanna can be found cooking for friends and family, reading up a storm, and hiking.

— 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, 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…
Last 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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