Hey Everyone! In addition to our faculty spotlights, we will also be featuring posts about our amazing MPA students. This week, meet one of our stars, Ms. Hannah Klein!
Hannah Klein joined the Villanova MPA program in August 2011 with a mission of getting her MPA with a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She developed her love of nonprofits as an undergraduate. At Lafayette College, Hannah spent most of her time running Best Buddies and volunteering in other programs through the college’s outreach center. When she wasn’t volunteering or coordinating volunteering efforts, Hannah worked towards her degrees in Math and Economics, which she received in 2011. In her senior year at Lafayette, Hannah completed her senior thesis focused on funding for afterschool programs and its effects on juvenile crime rates. Entering Villanova’s program, Hannah wanted to intern with nonprofits focused on youth and juvenile justice.
It didn’t take long for Hannah to realize that she was frustrated that the nonprofits couldn’t make policy changes overall, but rather work within the policies set by the government. She decided to pursue the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Internship Program in Summer 2012 and was placed in the Mayor’s Office of Grants. At the end of her summer she was offered a full-time position with the City and currently continues her work in the Mayor’s Office of Grants overseeing the grant funding for education, public safety, and restorative justice programs in the City, building off of her passions. In her free time at work she also coordinates the Mayor’s Internship Program, which helped her get to where she is today.
Hannah has loved assisting Dr. Wilson on her research over the past two years, learning more about qualitative research since her background was in quantitative. And, she has enjoyed her participation in Villanova’s chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha.