Hannah Thomas

Former Director of Learning and Innovation


In her role, Hannah orchestrates Big Duck’s learning and experimentation. She pushes the agency to evolve and grow and explores new avenues for providing value to our clients and the sector. She loves searching out imaginative solutions for nonprofits to adapt as they navigate change and opportunity.

Some recent clients she’s proud to have collaborated with include the Ms. Foundation for Women, The Apollo Theater, WhyHunger, and the Center for Court Innovation. Select internal projects she’s led include the creation of the company’s first DEI and antiracist plan and a report digging into the harm embedded in fundraising communications best practices. She also loves a good conference and has in the past year been a speaker at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, Association of Fundraising Professionals NYC chapter’s PhilanthroCon, and Welcoming America’s Welcoming Initiative.

Before Big Duck, Hannah graduated from Columbia University. She studied film and the power movies have to reflect and shape identity and culture. During her first few years after college, she worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Film at Lincoln Center in marketing and PR roles. While there, she championed meaningful representation and inclusivity on screens and in seats, honing strong communications skills in order to do so.

Outside work, Hannah may be found exploring her new home city of Seattle with her fiance–roller skating, getting up to speed on the food scene, and catching movies at any number of wonderful little and big theaters across the city. Equally likely, she’s holed up at home obsessively, singularly focused on a puzzle.

Hannah is also a member of Big Duck’s board of directors.

Insights by Hannah