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Sen. Hanna M. Gallo ’76, ’81
Nov. 13, 2013
Sen. Hanna M. Gallo ’76, ’81 will receive the distinction of Education Champion during CCRI's annual Changing Lives Celebration on Dec. 12.
Sen. Hanna M. Gallo ’76, ’81 (D) represents District 27, which includes portions of Cranston and West Warwick. First elected in 1998, she serves as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Education and is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce. She formerly served on the Board of Regents and the Commission on Civic Education.
Gallo, a graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island, was the first member of her family to attend college. She fully explored her interests at CCRI, majoring in the liberal arts. She said her professors encouraged her to try new things and that she first became interested in politics at this time and wanted to be involved in the community to make a difference.
Sen. Gallo first started doing this not as a legislator, but as a parent. She returned to CCRI to earn a business degree for a career change, graduating in 1981. Later, her daughter developed a hearing deficit that inspired Gallo to research speech pathology and consider it as a career.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of Rhode Island in 1995 and a master’s in speech-language pathology in 1997. She now works as a speech language pathologist for the Cranston School Department, helping children to overcome speech impediments and improve their oral communication skills.
In 1998, Gallo saw another opportunity to serve her community when a Senate seat opened up in her district. As a senator, she said she always works to help Rhode Island students.
“No matter what college you go to, it’s important to further your education so you can open the door to opportunity,” she said. “CCRI is one of the best places to start.”