Christine Hanna

Founder, Co-Director, Seattle Good Business Network

Seattle, WA

Act Local First  |  Business Network / Alliance, Community Economic Development

Christine bridges mainstream economic interests and visionary advocates for local production, purchase, and investment to build a more diverse and resilient local economy.

Christine is founder and Co-Director of Seattle Good Business Network, a non-profit that connects and inspires people to buy, produce and invest locally, through programs like Think Local, Seattle Made, and Community Capital.Christine believes that economies rooted in local ownership, in which everyone has a meaningful stake, are the basis for resilient communities. After receiving an MBA from University of Washington, Christine spent six years building online companies. From 2002-2008, she was managing director at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think tank. Christine served on Seattle’s Economic Development Commission, is a Local Economy Fellow with the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and organizer for the Local Economy Leader’s Lab. She’s mom to two young boys who have joyfully taken over her non-work life.


  • The Think Local campaign has raised awareness with hundreds of thousands of Seattle-area residents about why local matters, through a half-dozen media partners and over 200 participating business, including over 100 full-page ads in less than two years.
  • Dine Around Seattle drives over 20,000 people to 50+ local, independent restaurants committed to local sourcing
  • Launched Seattle Made, a program that promotes, supports, and connects more than 350 local producers and manufacturers.
  • Created the Local Economy Leaders Lab, a year-long project (beginning in 2016) that will convene a crack team of local economy leaders to collect, vet, and share their best, most inspiring ideas for creating a more democratic, diverse, and resilient local economy