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First-Year Fellow Mentor: Deborah Hanmer '99

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Class of 2016 First-Year Fellow, Mariel Wallace, with her alumni mentor, Deborah Hanmer '99 at the DC Prep Charter School in Washington, DC.

FYF Mentor

Class of 2018 First-Year Fellow, Savannah Moss, at the DC Prep Charter School in Washington, DC.

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The First-Year Fellows program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to engage meaningfully in public policy early in their Dartmouth careers. Each year, around 20 students are selected and placed in fellowships with Dartmouth alumni in Washington, D.C., who are willing to take on a significant mentoring role.

"I continue to host interns for two big reasons: one, I love the annual connection to Dartmouth and the infusion of that Big Green energy into my organization and two, I want to encourage interest among college students around entering into public service. Moving public service leaders beyond just having good hearts and bring effective managerial skills and strategic thinking to public organizations and services. Encouraging smart and talented college students to enter into public service is why I continue to host our first year fellows. We have had great experiences with the Fellows. My entire management team asks me about them each year. Their arrival is highly anticipated" --Deborah Hanmer '99

Deborah Hanmer '99 was a History major at Dartmouth College. She worked in New York City at a children’s services agency for one year after Dartmouth at Good Shepherd Services. Hanmer then attended The Maxwell School at Syracuse University for the Master of Public Administration and graduated in 2001. She subsequently worked in Washington, DC at Arthur Andersen Office of Government Services and Unisys, Federal Services Group in state, local, and federal government consulting for two years. Hanmer then moved to Boston to work in the charter school movement. She served for five years at Boston Collegiate Charter School as the Program Director and then as the Dean of Administration. Hanmer moved back to Washington, DC and started at DC Prep as the Dean of Student Support at DC Prep’s Middle School. She currently works as the Management Director of Student Support at DC Prep’s Management Offices, coaching leadership team members across 4 campuses.

Deborah Hanmer has mentored the following First-Year Fellows:

  • Savannah Moss '18
  • Devyn Greenberg '17
  • Mariel Wallace '16
  • Portia Schultz '15
  • Veronica Leonard '14
  • Soo Jee Lee '13
  • Ann Corrin '12



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