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Hannah Pincus, Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2013

Hannah Pincus waving in front of Air Force One

Hannah Pincus

Hannah Pincus was one of the founding fellows 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.

Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director 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. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to promote positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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