Hannah Phillips was born and raised in the small town of Belmont, North Carolina where she spent most of her time training as a pre-professional classical ballet dancer. Upon graduating high school, she chose to leave her dance career behind to pursue a life devoted to environmental conservation. Hannah recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Management and Policy.

She discovered her passion for habitat restoration while working on several projects focused on protecting ash trees in western North Carolina and management of non-native invasive species. She will be serving as the Habitat Restoration Associate for Conserving Carolina. In this term, she is excited to continue working to promote native biodiversity around the mountains that have become her home for the last 4 years. In her free time, Hannah enjoys skateboarding, traveling, and spending quality time with her dog, Dixie.