Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Relations
DeVan is GGA’s go to person for your telecommunication, technology, and media policy needs. She is passionate about Telecommunications, in particular issues surrounding Internet access and economic development. Applying her unique professional and academic experiences, both domestic and abroad, DeVan develops nuanced policies and government relationship strategies to achieve our client’s political objectives. Personable and affable, she leverages her relationships in consumer advocacy to build powerful coalitions.
Background and Education
DeVan Hankerson is a technology and telecom policy professional with a background in domestic and international cross-border trade issues. As a serious data nerd, she’s a strong champion of data-driven decision making in public policy. She has spent her career working on technology access issues, with a specific focus on disruptive technologies and dismantling barriers to Internet dependent industries which includes advancing the deployment of critical communications infrastructure.
Prior to joining Goodfriend, DeVan worked in the public interest sector as well as on global trade issues at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. While living in the Middle East she also worked with a Jordanian NGO on economic inclusion and gender equality issues. Originally from Brooklyn, NY DeVan obtained a graduate degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and her BA in Psychology and Linguistics from Vassar College. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Federal Communications Bar association and trolls for Kaggle competitions.
A native New Yorker, DeVAn is as Type A as they come — DC is vacation to her. She constantly seeking new subjects to read and learn about. She is a technie of the highest order and constantly stays up-to-date on consumer tech news. Her favorite YouTube destination is Unbox Therapy. DeVan’s life ambition is to be the cover model for Rheumatoid Arthritis Magazine.