Channon Hanna is joining the lobbying firm of Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell (CC&H) as a partner.
Hanna previously served as director of government relations at Van Scoyoc Associates, where she managed transportation and infrastructure issues for a large portfolio of transportation, municipal, corporate, and trade association clients.
She previously served as senior legislative representative for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and worked for more than five years as legislative assistant to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
“Channon is a highly skilled lobbyist with significant expertise on transportation policy,” said CC&H President Don Norden. “Our railroad, maritime, aviation, and transit clients will be well served by her knowledge of the legislative process and the strong relationships she has built with Washington decision-makers for over a decade.”
Hanna will work on various issues for the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and for CC&H’s commuter rail and public transit clients.
“Channon will be a great addition to the already strong CC&H team,” said ASLRRA President and former CC&H partner Chuck Baker. “Her working knowledge of the Senate Commerce Committee, which has significant jurisdiction over federal railroad legislation, will greatly benefit the short line industry.”
Baker said the ASLRRA has been a well-served CC&H client for decades.
“We continue to highly value the depth, breadth, and expertise of the CC&H team,” he added.
CC&H Partner Katie Kachel, who oversees CC&H’s public transit clients, said she worked with Hanna for many years on a variety of public transportation issues.
“I know she is an accomplished legislative strategist that understands how to advance public policies that benefit a wide variety of transportation interests,” Kachel said.
Hanna is also active in Women in Government Relations, serving as both co-chair of its Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force and as vice chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Hanna is a native of Greenville, S.C., and is an alumna of Auburn University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
CC&H is one of the largest multi-client transportation lobbying firms in Washington, D.C. RT&S reported April 12 that the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) is severing ties with CC&H. The lobbying firm formerly managed NRC’s operations.
CC&H clients include the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Canadian National Railway, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Alaska Railroad, the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association, an eight-state south west regional transportation association, and multiple public transit agencies.