Hanna was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Rockville, Maryland, after her family moved to the
United States. She graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a degree in Civil and
During her undergraduate career, Hanna was involved in the National Society of Black Engineers,
where she worked on reactivating the Princeton chapter and served on the student board for the
Breakout Princeton program, supporting student-led service learning trips. She was also an Advising
Fellow with Matriculate, assisting low-income high school students with college applications. After
college, she volunteered with the American Red Cross, working to connect those who have
experienced fires with community resources. She also worked on a local judicial campaign. She was
part of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association's Road to Geneva Young Rapporteurs program,
where she attended and reported on a series of conflict, international human rights, and environmental
peacebuilding events leading up to the 2020 Geneva Peace Week.
Most recently, Hanna worked in the Public Benefits Unit of Legal Aid DC. She assisted DC residents
with accessing critical public benefits, including applying for and appealing denials of SNAP, TANF,
Social Security Disability, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits. She also worked as a language access
coordinator, assisting staff members with interpretation and translation requests to better serve clients
who have no or limited English proficiency.
Hanna is passionate about improving access to justice for marginalized and low-income populations,
especially in areas like employment and housing, and she plans to go into civil rights litigation after law
school. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and all things science fiction.