Hanaa RifaeyExpansion and Fundraising Strategist
Hanaa Rifaey is a consultant specializing in marketing, management, and fundraising. Previously, she served as the President and Publisher of The American Independent News Network (AINN), where she transformed the organization into a thriving media institution that nationalized local issues and localized national issues. Before her time at AINN, Hanaa led three national campaigns focused on environmental sustainability as the Outreach Director at Center for a New American Dream. In the nascent days of social media, she launched the first online engagement strategies for New Dream and AINN. Prior to both, Hanaa spent time on Capitol Hill, created international support groups for rare diseases, and led a national educational campaign about Arabs and Muslims post-9/11.
Hanaa leveraged her extensive project management, coalition building, and grassroots engagement skills in a volunteer capacity as the chair of the Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington Young Professionals Board for four years. She also served on the board of the Association for Alternative Newsmedia, as the Membership Committee Chair of the Media Consortium, and as the Senior Advisor for Media Matters as well as American Bridge 21st Century. Hanaa regularly presents at conferences on topics including cross-platform collaboration, community engagement, fundraising in the media sphere, and creating impact through journalism. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, on MTV, in Feministing, and on countless blogs.
Hanaa received her undergraduate degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and her master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She lives in DC with her family and their menagerie.