Hello! My name is Hannah Brechtel. A New Mexico native, I’m delighted to join the PIRE Southwest office!
A little about me: I’ve always been fascinated by languages and cultures, so it was no surprise when I completed a BA in Ethnology and Languages (Arabic and Japanese) at the University of New Mexico. Upon graduating I moved to Japan for 4 years to work as an Assistant Language Teacher of English at three Japanese high schools. As I lived in a fisherman’s/farming village and taught at a technical school, I became interested in agriculture and regenerative practices. I left Japan to pursue a MA in Applied Cultural Analysis (Business Anthropology) at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, which focused on applying mixed-methods research and analysis to business problems in order to create effective, human-centered solutions. During my MA I volunteered with a local food waste prevention nonprofit to create collaborations between farms, grocery stores, restaurants, and homeless shelters to help move produce that would otherwise have been tossed to people in need, and based my thesis on work I performed for a major food bank in the US. As a Business Anthropologist I have worked as a consultant for clients in the healthcare, municipal, marketing, food, and hospitality domains.
I moved back to the US in the middle of 2019, just in time to get halfway settled before Covid-19 swept across the world. During this last year I’ve joined a coalition to sew and distribute cloth masks across the greater Albuquerque area, turned my backyard into a regenerative agriculture experiment, and volunteered as a User Experience researcher with the United States Digital Response to assist public health entities with their COVID-19 responses.
I currently live in Albuquerque, NM with my husband and two house bunnies. My husband and I love to travel, hike, play board games, and watch our rabbits joyfully devour roses from the garden.