Announcing Hannah Hankins as BARR’s new Director of External Affairs

Angela Jerabek Mar 8, 2018

On behalf of myself and the entire BARR Center team, I am excited to announce Hannah Hankins has joined our BARR Center team as the Director of External Affairs. As you all know, data is one of the two core pillars of BARR, and we always wanted to focus on making really sure the model works before sharing it with the world. Now, with evidence that BARR is working in every school where it has been implemented – in schools of all sizes and situations – we’re ready to expand our focus to make sure the model helps as many students as possible. As part of that expansion,  Hannah will oversee our communication and outreach efforts, helping us tell the broader story and impact of our work at BARR schools across the country.

Hannah joins BARR after serving more than five years in the Obama White House Communications Department. As the Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor for the Domestic Policy Council, Hannah planned high-profile Administration announcements on issues including education, labor, public health and criminal justice. This included spearheading communications for the Council of Women and Girl’s United State of Women; the White House Worker Voice Summit; and the once-in-a-decade White House Conference on Aging. Prior to the White House, Hannah worked for Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, American University, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Hannah is a proud Minnesota native and earned a degree in public communications from American University in Washington, DC.

Hannah’s deeply rooted passion for education and respected experience in Washington, D.C. makes her a perfect addition to our BARR family. We look forward to elevating the work of our BARR schools and community even further over the upcoming months.




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