Hana Schank

Hana_Schank1596WEBI am the Director of Strategy for the Public Interest Technology program 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, 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 recently got the change to testify in front of Congress on IT modernization and the pandemic response.

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 2018.

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 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.