Hannah LeGris is a writer, counselor, and educator working in service learning and civic engagement. She holds a B.A. in English from the College of Wooster and an M.A. in English from The University of Kentucky. She began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in program development at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. She has worked as an admissions counselor, a sandwich maker, a tutor, and a writing teacher. Currently, she works with University of Kentucky undergraduate students as they explore career options and engage meaningfully with their communities.
Hannah believes in sustainable community building. She knows that creating equity and space for others’ voices are important for forming invested citizens and sustainable organizations. Hannah volunteers with On The Table and serves on the board of CivicLex, a non-profit organization in Lexington focused on building a more participatory local democracy.
Across all of her work, Hannah prioritizes listening to others, collaborating to make sustainable programs, and building respectful, meaningful relationships. She believes that by opening access to power and by amplifying others’ voices we can work together to form a more engaged, empowered citizenry in Lexington. She currently serves as a Community Outreach Chair for the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum Board, an organization focused on taking the lead in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed at the University of Kentucky.
Hannah is deeply invested in the arts and maintains a commitment to the local literary community as well as to her personal artistic practice. She is a co-founder of the Lexington Film League, is a member of the International Book Project board, has served as the program director of the Young Women Writers Project, and has taught writing to incarcerated women via the SwallowTale Project.
Hannah is an avid pedestrian and bicycle commuter, which allows her to experience the city at a human pace while minimizing her environmental impact. She lives in the Mentelle Park neighborhood, where she enjoys spending time biking with her partner, Andrew, and walking with their dogs.