Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Savannah Lane found her passion for the intersection of political engagement and the empowerment of women in local, national and international communities from a young age as Virginia’s inaugural ANNPower fellow and national service grant winner. Following her experiences at the University of Virginia, Savannah honed her understanding of local political impacts on the global stage working for a Senate reelection campaign and political consulting firm in areas surrounding digital media, social media, outreach, event planning, and fundraising.
Through Savannah’s extensive service and advocacy work, she won the title of Miss Virginia 2015 in the Miss America Organization and worked in media realms with Dick Clark Productions, national nonprofits, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, the American Heart Association and more. Through this role, Savannah won the talent and the Quality of Life award designations for her service and commitment to the community.
Savannah moved to Washington, D.C. when she was one of eight women selected from across the country to serve as a Star Fellow within the U.S. House of Representatives through Running Start. Savannah honed her communication and strategy skills, digital media tools, and policy understanding in the legislative body. From her time on the Hill, Savannah transitioned to the think tank world where she directed a think tank in foreign policy issues ranging from the NATO 2030, transatlantic relations, the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship, and the Middle East. Whether serving as a media commentator on international news outlets, leading strategic communications, or directing international programming, Savannah has focused on connecting bigger picture policies and issue areas to local audiences and communities. Savannah has advocated for women globally and participated in training in conflict resolution in Morocco, a diplomacy exchange in Dubai, and served as one of 25 international young professionals to take part in the Aspen Institute’s NextGen Leadership Network.
Savannah is excited to join the Policy Circle team to further promote the role of women in underrepresented spaces, equip women to drive grassroots change, and utilize the art of storytelling to catalyze connection.