by Hannah King, WVEC Outreach Coordinator and Interim Lobbyist
Hi everyone! My name is Hannah King and I was recently hired as the Outreach Coordinator and Interim Lobbyist for the West Virginia Environmental Council. I was born and raised in Big Chimney on the outskirts of Charleston, West Virginia. I went to Herbert Hoover High School and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2018, finishing with four years of collegiate volleyball and a Political Science degree.
While I was in college, I gained an interest in state government and began working for the Purchasing Division through the Governor’s Internship Program. I began working for the Retirement Board the summer after completing my junior year. Both jobs were insightful, but my true passion was found inside the West Virginia State Capitol building. I was lucky enough to be selected as a Judith A. Herndon Fellow for the 2018 session and spent the entire 60 days sitting on the House floor during the infamous teacher strike and performing various tasks for delegates.
I decided to take my education further and pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. I interned for the Virginia General Assembly at the beginning of this year, and really gained an interest in environmental policy. Both lawmakers I worked for in the General Assembly focused heavily on environmental efforts, with one being the chief patron of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Bill and another being the chief patron of lead water testing for school districts. I had the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with many environmental lobbyists and quickly realized that this was the type of work I wanted to pursue long term.
I feel so fortunate to be working for an organization that actively supports and promotes environmental protections throughout our great state. Now, more than ever, is such an important time to be pushing for solid, progressive environmental policy and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of it. I am looking forward to working alongside our member groups and other organizations to help E-Council achieve our mission.
Once again, I am thankful for this opportunity and I am truly looking forward to meeting everyone.