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Deanna Hillard

Program Manager Youth Mental Health

Deanna Hillard is responsible for developing and executing the overall strategy to improve youth mental health in our region, including thought leadership, stakeholder engagement, facilitating collective action and grantmaking. 

Deanna joined Interact for Health in 2021 after spending four years with the National MS Society, most recently serving as Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement. In that position, she oversaw a team of five responsible for coordinating more than 100 events annually and engaging 7,000 volunteers. Hillard led the team in refocusing their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing new ways to engage volunteers virtually. Deanna also played a vital role in the DEI strategy for the volunteer engagement department.

Before joining the National MS Society, Deanna worked in community outreach with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and as an AmeriCorps Fellow. She holds a master's degree in public administration from Northern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. Deanna is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. She is an active member of the Junior League of Cincinnati, serving on its board of directors. Deanna also volunteers with the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio, serving on its executive leadership team. In 2022, Deanna was recognized as a YWCA Rising Star and selected to join Action Tank’s third cohort of City Council Bootcamp.

Deanna is a lifelong Cincinnatian and as such appreciates when the Cincinnati Bengals have a winning season. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being an auntie to her two nephews and considers herself a huge foodie.

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