Hana Schank

hana_schankI am the Strategy Director for Public Interest Technology at New America, where I work on changing how government and non-profits think about problem solving.

This means that I run projects in the public sector and also report on the good work governments across the country are capable of. My piece on blight in Mobile, AL was one of the most read pieces on Fast Company in 2018. My most recent reported story was on how after Phoenix was named the least sustainable city in the country, they learned to love recycling.

I am currently  writing a book with my colleague Tara McGuiness on Public Interest Technology, to be published by Princeton University Press in 2021.

My last book, The Ambition Decisions, a research-based guide for women on the decisions we make over the course of our lives around work and family, was published by Viking in 2017.

My job is based in DC but I live in Brooklyn, NY, which means that I am constantly being misunderstood. I’ve got a DC in job in a place where everyone writes or mounts plays or banks. (I don’t know anyone who banks, but I hear banking is a big industry in New York.) So when I tell people in NYC what I do they think it’s weird, and just want to know if I’ve read that piece in the New Yorker. When I’m in DC people think my job is normal, but want to know which badges I have. (DC is the most badge-obsessed place I’ve ever been. A blue badge means you work at the White House.) I don’t care about badges, though it’s hard not to get into that competitive proximity to power game that DC loves. And yes, I have read that piece in the New Yorker.