Communications Lead

Hanna Negusie is a multifaceted social marketer with experience in public health promotion, social justice media campaign building, and youth advocacy. She aims to highlight narratives of transformational learning, mind-body health, and community and youth empowerment through marketing and communications. Hanna sees media as a tool for initiating social and community transformation while also highlighting unheard narratives and voices.

Hanna works with the Academy’s faculty and staff to develop communications and marketing voice, strategy, and vision. She looks forward to engaging with the Academy’s interdisciplinary programs and events and promoting them widely and vastly. Drawn to the Academy’s mission of awakening critical thinking and internal discovery, Hanna is excited to bring the Academy’s unique mission to new audiences.

Hanna began her social marketing career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Ukiah, California where she developed media campaigns and digital storytelling initiatives focused on community health and public health prevention. Hanna has created media campaigns for public health departments, nonprofits, and startups in California, New Mexico, and New York City. Adjacent to her social marketing work, she has advocated with youth and teens in both Albuquerque and New York City with the Native American Community Academy, Casa Q, The Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Gender and Family Project, and Equality Equation. She was recently invited to volunteer as an Art Juror with the New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, where she selected high school film and animation finalists for the Gold Key Award. Hanna believes an important component of youth advocacy is lifting youth narratives and creativity.

Hanna also regularly participates in mind-body training and artistic endeavors. She recently attended a Vipassana Institute silent meditation retreat and regularly practices the Feldenkrais Method. In her free time, she experiments with mixed media, athletics, dance, and various forms of movement.

Hanna holds a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in Sociology from Smith College.