Mark Hanis ’04
Mark Hanis ’04 has been named a member of the prestigious 2012–13 Class of White House Fellows. President Lyndon B. Johnson created the White House Fellows Program in 1964 to identify and train future American leaders by exposing them to the inner workings of the federal government while also promoting the ideals and practice of public service. Hanis was raised in Quito, Ecuador, and is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors. He graduated Swarthmore with a degree in political science and a minor in public policy. Hanis, along with other Swarthmore alums, is the co-founder of United to End Genocide, the largest activist organization in the nation aimed at eliminating genocide worldwide. He was the group’s founding president for more than six years and is now a member of its board.
From February to August of 2003, thanks to Mike Pan ’97, he worked for Sierra Leone’s Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Court. He was also awarded many fellowships for his social engagement, including Ashoka, Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, and Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers. The World Economic Forum also named him a Young Global Leader. He and his work have been profiled on several media outlets, such as MSNBC and CNN Headline News, among others. Before joining the White House Fellowship, Hanis co-founded the Organ Alliance to eliminate unnecessary deaths caused by shortages of transplantable organs.