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Hannah Pincus, Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2013

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Hannah Pincus

Hannah Pincus was one of the founding Apprentices at RespectAbility in the summer of 2013. As a White House Advance Associate, Pincus represented the President on 36 political and official domestic and international trips across 22 states, Myanmar, Japan, Jamaica and Belgium. She liaised with White House senior staff and Press Corps, Secret Service, military personnel, local law enforcement and external stakeholders (elected officials, government agencies, university presidents, business leaders and foreign dignitaries) to ensure all Presidential visits and events were flawlessly executed in a manner that ensure security was maintained and messaging goals achieved.

After almost two years as an Advance Associate at the White House, Pincus transitioned to the US Department of Treasury. At Treasury, she was a schedule C political appointee and the Associate Director for Scheduling and Advance for former Secretary Jacob J. Lew. For nearly two years. she traveled to 15 countries across five continents alongside Secretary Lew. She planned, organized and implemented the Secretary’s daily and long-term schedule. She shepherded and staffed the Secretary on six G20s, three G7s, two Strategic & Economic Dialogues (the highest level economic conference between the US and China), press conferences, meetings with business leaders and in country economic and political leadership. She operated in foreign, critical and complex environments, often handling, filtering and delivery sensitive information in a concise reliable manner to the Secretary.

Since the end of President Obama’s Administration, Pincus has been working as a private consultant on issues pertaining to international tax policy, affordable housing, technology and the future of work, and global financial crises for global corporations, labor unions, church groups, and non-profits.


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Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email [email protected]

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