Communications Director, Southern Center for Human Rights
Hannah Riley is the Communications Director for the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR), a nonprofit law office working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. At SCHR, she works with the public policy and legal teams to craft communication strategies that support litigation, push progressive policy reforms, and educate the public. She is passionate about working to abolish the prison industrial complex through organizing, power building, and storytelling. A native New Englander, Hannah moved to Atlanta in 2017. Before coming to Atlanta, she worked as a Communications Associate at the Innocence Project in New York and then as the Communications Director at the New England Innocence Project in Boston. In both roles, she sought to change the narrative of the criminal legal system’s infallibility by lifting up system-impacted peoples’ stories. She received a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Cambridge in 2015, where she focused her research on prosecutorial power in the United States. She spent the next year living and writing in Southern China. She has worked as a nonprofit communications consultant and has led on the ground organizing for national public education campaigns. Hannah is also a freelance writer, with work featured in the Huffington Post, The Nation, Slate, and other outlets.