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Spotlight! Hana Becker (Leadership Institute Edition)

Name: Hana Becker

Preferred Pronouns: (She/They)

Job title: Director of Development and Communication

Organization: America SCORES Chicago

Time in current role: 6 Months

College/School: Bradley University

Area of study/expertise: Public Relations, Organizational Communication, Social Media Marketing

What do you like most about working in the nonprofit sector? What I love most about working in the nonprofit sector are the students, parents and communities we work with. There's nothing better than a student/parent being proud of a soccer game (whether they won or lost), a student's bravery writing or performing their poetry, or their pride when helping out their neighborhood with a community service project.

What drew you to the nonprofit sector?

After 7 years in the for-profit world, I realized I was lacking meaning in my work. Right out of college, I lived in Peoria, Illinois for my first job with 90% travel. After 2 years, I was ready to move back up to Chicago and took a job at a small marketing company, eventually working my way up to Creative Director. I was very proud of my work - but still missing something beyond myself. I made the jump to the nonprofit sector in August 2022, and haven't looked back. My life is better emotionally, physically and mentally.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend most of my free time finding and going to free events in Chicago - whether it's free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Adler Planetarium on Wednesdays, a concert at Old Town School of Folk Music, or poetry readings or a comedy show!

What's your go-to karaoke song?

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus. My favorite karaoke bar is Edelweiss Tavern on Belmont & Milwaukee.

What is your best or most meaningful memory of working in the nonprofit sector so far?

My favorite memory of working in the nonprofit sector so far is going to the Chicago International Salsa Congress as a chaperon for our students. Since I am on the development side of our organization, I don't have as much time with the students as other staff. I was so proud of the students, they worked very hard volunteering at this event and they all left wishing we could stay another day.

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