Get to Know the WBENC Staff – Hannah Brown

Ever wonder about who is behind the scenes executing MatchMakers, planning for events, or assisting you with WBENCLink2.0? Learn more about the WBENC Staff in this column.

Get to Know Hannah Brown

Q: What did you do before you started at WBENC?

A: Before WBENC I studied Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and Policy Studies at Grinnell College. My passions lay in social justice and communities, but I wanted to see those passions resolve into action. WBENC took me from the cornfields of Iowa and gave me an amazing opportunity to put those passions into play! However, Grinnell led me to WBENC in one other very important way: I owe my time at WBENC to an introduction by fellow Grinnellian and coworker Rian Edwards!

Q: What keeps you busy at WBENC?

A: One of my favorite things about working at WBENC is how dynamic the environment is, and this really shines in my role. I start the day with a set of tasks, but at any given moment I am able to help with other projects developing around the office. My role is administrative and cross-functional, so I get the joy of supporting as well as working with ALL of the wonderful WBENC staff.


Q: What is your favorite part of working at WBENC?

A: My favorite part of working at WBENC is the community. We have a caring and supportive staff, and I feel very grateful to work with such great coworkers. And it’s no surprise that the staff is so caring! Everyone who works here is passionate about making a difference, and the most exciting part of working at WBENC is that it thrives on that passion.

Q: What do you do for fun outside of work?

A: If I’m at home, you can bet I’m cooking! I spend countless hours in the kitchen, making comfort foods for friends or trying new recipes. When I can’t possible cook any more, I try to explore my new city. As a Chicago-to-D.C. transplant, I still can’t get over the austerity of our nation’s capital, and to help me explore it, I took up running. I used to figure skate competitively, so it was a big deal for me to trade my skates for running shoes and train for my first race ever—a 10K!


Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?

I couldn’t possibly decide, but a contender is definitely South Africa! My father is an evolutionary biologist, so I was fortunate to spend part of my childhood living in the game parks of Augrabies and Lajuma. Our time there was an inundation of wildlife, never-ending landscape and sunshine. My favorite memory is probably running around the game park chasing giraffes with my sister (*no animals were harmed in the making of this blog post **don’t try this at home)

Q: Why do you get up in the morning?

A: To do the things I love and interact with the people I care about! I tend to be a consistently upbeat person, and I have many things that call to me and add to my happiness each day. My family’s motto is “love, joy and adventure,” and I think the most trivial parts of your day can be an adventure if you are excited enough about it. 


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Posted on April 11, 2017 and filed under WBENC Staff.