Hannah Barber (she/her/hers) was selected to become a temporary board member for Hampton Roads Pride in March of 2023. Hannah has been a resident of Hampton Roads since 2005 when she relocated with her family and has proudly attended Hampton Roads Pride events since she returned from college. The potential for wide impacts on the LGBTQIA+ community within Hampton Roads and beyond, as well as her own desire to feel more belonging within the local LGBTQIA+ community, have inspired Hannah to get more involved in the community.
Hannah was born in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Hampton Roads in middle school, and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. While majoring in Biological Sciences, she also received a specialization in Microbiology & Immunology and minors in Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Engineering & Science. A far cry from her life sciences background, Hannah has worked in corporate client support throughout her career, primarily in the healthcare industry. She is currently a Client Services Manager at Capital Group in Norfolk, Virginia.
As part of her leadership role at Capital Group, Hannah is also a fervent participant in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to include planning, executing, and moderating speaker events for business resource communities such as Pride and Women in Leadership. Her passion is around ensuring that folks feel belonging and inclusion within the workplace, despite and because of characteristics typically underrepresented in the workforce. She has been a key leader in planning and supporting education surrounding topics such as intersectionality, gender identity, gender parity, and allyship at Capital. She has also been instrumental in facilitating associate discussion around topics like code switching and anti-Trans laws/drag bans. She has participated heavily in community-focused events to include supporting community organizations and initiatives via Capital’s Corporate Giving Program. Hannah’s core belief and desire is to spread compassion and understanding in the community, especially for those most marginalized by their various intersectional identities.