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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 Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

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