Hannah Pechan is the Director of Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance. Her journey to this position began while conducting research in Rwanda for her undergraduate thesis. Through studying microfinance and entrepreneurship in a developing country, Pechan saw firsthand the power of business in addressing social problems. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Pechan moved to Northern Thailand to serve as Program Director for The Garden of Hope. There she oversaw programs that trained former trafficking victims in culinary arts and entrepreneurship.
After returning to the US, Pechan transitioned to the world of retail, managing a clothing and cosmetics boutique. This experience in the for-profit realm sparked a desire to increase her experience and education in business. Pechan moved to Colorado to earn her MBA at Colorado State University. During her time there, Pechan co-founded Creative Spring Productions which provided post-production photo services to wedding photographers while employing at-risk students in the Philippines.
After completing her MBA, Pechan began consulting for nonprofits that were seeking to increase their financial sustainability. Once Pechan moved to Tennessee, this consulting business grew to include artists and musicians, based on the belief that financial wellness and education should be available to all.
Pechan is thrilled to enter her role as Director of Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance as the chapter looks to deepen its reach throughout the city and across the state.