Obama Names Hunter Alumna to Key Administration Post

December 29, 2009 | Hunter College

President Obama has nominated Beatrice Hanson (MSW ’90) to head the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime. The OVC, a branch of the Office of Justice Programs, helps fund state programs that assist crime victims.

Hanson currently serves as chief program officer for Safe Horizon, a crime victim assistance organization in New York City. She oversees a staff of more than 600 professionals who provide services to more than 350,000 people annually. Hanson joined Safe Horizon (formerly Victim Services) in 1997 as the Director of Emergency Services. She went on to oversee the agency’s domestic violence, homeless youth, and child abuse programs, before being promoted to her current position in 2004.

Hanson has served as director of client services for the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. In addition to serving on the board of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Hanson was an adjunct instructor at Hunter’s School of Social Work and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services. She is currently completing her dissertation in the Doctorate of Social Welfare program at the City University of New York.