Hannah L. McConn is a founder and current chief executive officer of The Pencil Project, a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that seeks to alleviate educational disparities in Ghana, West Africa, by providing schoolchildren with the educational tools and resources they need to succeed. To date, The Pencil Project has provided school supplies to more than 800 primary and secondary school students across Ghana. Located in the State of Texas, Ms. McConn has proven to be among the state’s foremost young professionals working in the areas of policy analysis, legal theory, and public service.

In 2009, Ms. McConn served as a district aide for State Senator Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, as part of the Texas Legislative Internship Program, a program coordinated by the Hobby Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston. She was also a participant at the Ninth and Tenth Annual Sessions of the Model African Union, a national conference that provides college students with a professional simulation of the African Union’s intergovernmental proceedings.

Ms. McConn has received numerous awards in recognition of her public service efforts and academic achievement. In addition to receiving the prestigious Mulkey Scholarship, Ms. McConn is a threetime recipient of the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah International Study Abroad Scholarship.

Ms. McConn also served as an intern in the civil district court office of Judge Caroline E. Baker. She is a past president of the University of Houston’s (UH) chapter of Keep A Child Alive and executive of its regional organization; a nonprofit organization started by Leigh Blake and singer Alicia Keys.

Ms. McConn is a student at the University of Houston, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history within the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.