Hana Schank

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

I run hands-on projects in the public sector, contribute research and scholarship to the field, tell stories about the good work governments across the country are capable of, and also call out government when it fails to serve the American people the way it is supposed to.

My newest book, Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology, co-authored with Tara McGuinness, will be published by Princeton University Press on April 13, 2021. And, I got the chance to testify in front of Congress on IT modernization and the pandemic response.

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 does stuff with other people’s money (Also apparently called banking. I don’t know any bankers, but I hear banking is a big industry in New York.).

When I tell people in NYC what I do they think it’s weird, and they 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.

I don’t care about badges, though it’s hard not to get into that competitive proximity to power game that DC loves. Yes, I have read that piece in the New Yorker.


Recent Interviews & Profiles

Lawmakers call on Gov. Murphy to set aside funds to upgrades unemployment system (NJ / Bronx News 12)

Georgians scramble for vaccine slots on day 1 of expanded eligibility (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

These people have gotten their vaccine. Here are their tips on how to book yours (Marketwatch)

Biden looks past anger at Silicon Valley to get help on vaccines (Politico)

How America Gets Its Vaccines (MIT Technology Review)

Why the Vaccine Websites Suck (Slate Podcast TBD)

What to Read in 2021 (Financial Times)

Sustaining Capitalism podcast

USDS Alumni Profile