Hannah Nelson

Program Manager, Capacity Strengthening & Partnerships

Hannah is a Program Manager at AVAC, responsible for providing day-to-day management, technical assistance, and coordination for a suite of programs focused on strengthening global advocacy networks. In this role, Hannah ensures programs are managed effectively and efficiently, while connecting CSO partners and advocates to tools and resources to bolster their advocacy. Since joining AVAC, Hannah has redesigned and launched the Advocacy Navigator, an AVAC initiative combining training and mentorship to emerging HIV prevention advocates.

Prior to joining AVAC, Hannah was the Training and Evaluation Manager at Gradian Health Systems. While at Gradian, she designed and scaled a capacity strengthening model and simulation training curricula in anesthesia and critical care delivered to over 2,000 healthcare workers in 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. She also led a multi-year impact evaluation for the Saving Lives at Birth program in Zambia to assess the efficacy of a multi-pronged intervention to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by improving access to safe C-sections.

Hannah joined AVAC in 2022, bringing over a decade of experience in global health program design, training, research, and monitoring and evaluation. She studied history and African studies at NYU and holds an MPH from Tulane University. After 8 years in Tanzania, Hannah is now based in Brooklyn.