Hanae Victoria Mason, MPA

Expanding Restorative Justice in Philadelphia’s Youth Justice System

Hanae Victoria Mason currently serves as an Emerging Leader Fellow at Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project. In this role, she will expand the scope of the Healing Futures Restorative Justice Diversion Program in Philadelphia’s youth justice system.

Hanae is a community organizer, journalist, and artist who is deeply committed to advancing solutions towards racial and healing justice in Philadelphia. She has held a variety of roles that have helped hone her media and community engagement skills, including serving as a project manager at Technical.ly Media; contributing writer for publications like Generocity and Broad St. Review; core organizer with Black Lives Matter Philly; and Community Programs Manager for the Mt. Airy CDC, where she played a key role in the development of Lovett Park. As part of a national initiative called “Reimagining the Civic Commons,” Hanae led the vision for and execution of the park’s physical space and helped plan and implement a full calendar of community events. This work was nationally recognized by the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities, and Hanae was awarded an Emerging Cities Champion Fellowship in 2018. She also teaches yoga and helps facilitate events and spaces for healing and wellness throughout the city.

Hanae holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Hampton University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

Emerging Leader Fellow

2023 – 2025

Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project