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Hannah Joy Sachs


Hannah Joy Sachs is the US National Director and Democracy Fellowship (formerly Landecker Democracy Fellowship) Co-Director for Humanity in Action. Prior to this role, she served as the Communications and Community Manager in 2021 and as the Berlin Fellowship Program Coordinator in 2020. Hannah is also a Senior Fellow (Berlin Fellowship 2018, which she reflected on here).

After obtaining a BA in Sociology and Davidson College and then completing an MSc in Migration Studies from University of Oxford, Hannah entered the field of experiential education. Before joining Humanity in Action full-time, Hannah was a global program leader and course instructor on immersive programs for high school, college, and GAP year students in over a dozen countries. Courses she has led include studying visions of democracy and peace-building in Myanmar and South Korea; learning about conservation efforts in Indonesia; tracing rural to urban migration patterns in Thailand and China; and exploring racial dynamics and food inequality post-Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, USA. At Humanity in Action, Hannah is proud to have co-created the Mapping Democracy and Mapping Inequities Fellowships as well as the virtual Action Labs. Hannah has also remained engaged by leading short-term programs with organizations including Where There Be Dragons, World Learning, and Putney Student Travel.

Outside of work, Hannah is a horseback rider and loves volunteering with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center whenever she has the chance. She is on the Leadership Council for JDC Entwine, an organization that offers transformative global service, travel experiences, and Jewish learning to young adults. Additionally, Hannah is engaged in various Asian adoptee and transracial adoptee networks.

Updated March 2024