Hannah Sumiko Daly joins The City Project as a Policy Analyst. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley, where she studied Public Health and Anthropology. For her senior capstone project, she developed a policy and advocacy plan for school districts to invest more resources into their low-income students of color. On campus, she was involved with an educational equity organization, performed research with the Center for African Studies, and played too many intramural sports. In her research she analyzed how African cabinet structure relates to legacies of colonialism. She is a proud Hapa Japanese American, whose grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Gila River in Arizona, and her grandfather fought in the 442nd regiment.
She studied abroad at the University of Ghana in Accra, where she took classes in Public Health, Anthropology, African Studies and dance. She observed at the locally run NGO Intervention Forum to learn about community-led development, worked with the local arts organization Nima: Muhinmanchi Art and their community art workshops, and made many friends through playing soccer on campus. Soccer has long been an important part of her life – she played 10 years of club soccer before college. The City Project’s partnership with Anahuak Youth Sports Association made her realize how important soccer has been to her, as her biggest commitment before college, how she met some of her best friends in college, and how she met some of her best friends at the University of Ghana.
Her additional past experience ranges from assisting with programming for a summer camp at 826LA, an education and creative writing nonprofit, to researching legislature with Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and Assemblymember Betsy Butler. All of her experiences in advocacy, health equity, policy, anthropology, and art led her to The City Project. Hannah is excited to be working on community-driven equity from a policy level in her home of Los Angeles.