Hannah McCreary: Finding creative ways to make change

Friday, January 29, 2016
The wide range of issues the ACLU works on is a big part of its appeal for Hannah McCreary, volunteer Communications Coordinator for ACLU’s Communications department.

“I’ve always been interested in big-picture issues and world problems,” Hannah said. "I think communications and film provide ways for us to reflect and express where we stand on those issues."

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Hannah graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2014 with degrees in International Political Economy and Hispanic International Studies. Since then she’s coordinated events and worked as an assistant on film and commercial productions.

At the ACLU-WA, Hannah is helping organize the annual student conference, which takes place in March. She also hopes to do some film projects for the ACLU.

Previously, Hannah interviewed students and documented the Malcolm X community rally that was held as part of South Seattle Community College’s weeklong celebration of the human rights leader. The effort was an example of how her communication skills intersect with her interest in education and racial justice, Hannah said.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys hanging out with Gummy Joe, the eight-year-old Chihuahua she recently adopted, and watching documentaries and true crime shows.

Lately she’s been spending more time cooking and baking, as she recently became vegan. After modifying a family coffee cake recipe to make it vegan, Hannah finds it to be just as good as the original.

But, she added, “I still haven’t made my dad try it out and give me the final verdict.”