Jordie Hannum has 20 years of legislative, analytical, and advocacy experience, including key roles on Capitol Hill, political campaigns, and within non-governmental organizations. As Executive Director of the Better World Campaign (BWC), he guides its legislative and advocacy efforts around U.S.-UN engagement, and helped secure support for paying off over $700 million in arrears to the United Nations. During his tenure at the UN Foundation, Hannum has testified in front of Congress on the UN’s value, its peacekeeping operations, and U.S. standing in international organizations. He has traveled to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda researching civilian protection and written on the importance of U.S. engagement in peacekeeping. In 2017, he visited Mosul, Iraq, soon after the city was liberated from ISIS, and highlighted how the UN helped lead one of the largest managed civilian evacuations ever. Stemming from his travels, Hannum has also examined how peacekeepers create conditions under which displaced persons can voluntarily return home. His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Hill, Just Security, The Cipher Brief, and Devex.
Before joining the UN Foundation, Hannum was the policy director for the Alan Sandals campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, worked throughout the country on the Wesley Clark Presidential campaign, and served as a legislative assistant to Congresswoman Constance Morella, where he helped shepherd five different bills through the U.S. House and Senate and into law. In 1998, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and in 2005, a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He lives with his wife Kimberlee, their two children, and a permanent puppy outside Washington, DC.