Hannah Dietsch is a Principal at Watershed Advisors, an organization that bridges aspiration, implementation, and scale in the U.S. education and workforce systems. Hannah is a founding member of the Watershed team, which matches visionary ideas with social impact investors and bold governmental leaders at the state and local level. Hannah leads work to embed teams of experts within government agencies to implement, communicate, finance, and evaluate those ideas, impacting generations of American learners and job seekers in need of access and opportunity.
Previously, Hannah served as the Louisiana Department of Education’s Assistant Superintendent and Chief Strategy Officer, serving as a member of the Department’s executive team, where she played a key role in shaping and executing Louisiana Believes, Louisiana’s plan to ensure that every child is on track to college or a professional career. Hannah led the agency’s educator workforce strategy, including Louisiana’s adoption of nationally recognized teacher preparation and licensure policies that ensure every Louisiana-certified teacher completes a yearlong residency under the tutelage of a skilled mentor. Additionally, Hannah led the agency’s public health response to COVID-19, convening public health, medical, and epidemiological partners to develop and secure approval of school reopening guidelines and related supports, establishing Louisiana as one of the first states in the nation to release such guidance and safely open schools to students and educators.
Hannah began her career in education as a middle school English teacher in Baltimore City, as a Teach For America corps member, and went on to leadership roles at the Maryland State Department of Education, the New York City Department of Education, at TNTP, and on Teach For America’s national admissions team. At TNTP, Hannah worked with Louisiana’s Recovery School District and with the Louisiana Department of Education to design and launch educator evaluation and support systems. At the New York City Department of Education, Hannah was responsible for reorganizing support for the City’s 1,700 schools, shifting from a regional structure to the network structure established as part of Chancellor Joel Klein’s Children First agenda.
Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tulane University, a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Hannah lives in New Orleans with her husband and two daughters. She serves on the boards of the Louise S. McGehee School and the National Center on Teaching Quality.