Ms. Hartman is a human rights advocate and non-profit leader dedicated to improving the rights of all people. In the 2016 election cycle, Ms. Hartman ran for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 16th District, garnering the most votes ever for a Democrat in the district, earning DCCC and EMILY’s support, and forcing the Republicans to spend $1.1 million in dark money to defeat her in a district that has been held by Republican men for more than a century.
Before the election, as an independent consultant, Ms. Hartman provided strategic planning, management, and fundraising support to non-profits in Lancaster and across the United States. Prior to working as a consultant, she served as the Director of Development for the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization devoted to supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. In 2009-2012, Ms. Hartman worked at the National Democratic Institute, where she managed civic education, voter engagement, and elections programs in Sudan and South Sudan. Before joining the Institute, Ms. Hartman was Head of Fundraising for the Public Sector at The Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’ flagship U.K.-based charity that helps disadvantaged youth into employment. Earlier, she spent seven years at Freedom House, a human rights organization, where she managed, raised funds for and advocated for human rights programs in nine offices across the globe, including Serbia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Ms. Hartman also co-led the development of Freedom House’s sub-Saharan Africa portfolio, including a pan-African program on ethical youth leadership. She holds a B.A. from the George Washington University and an M.A. from Fordham University.