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The Principal 

Hannah Johnson McAbee 

Hannah has spent most of her life immersed in the ebbs and flows of a family-run business, having grown up on her family’s ranch in Laton, CA. . That work, eventually blossomed into River Roots, a joint-venture between Hannah and her sister, through which they took the lessons learned from their parents and began planting their own legacies, using the same piece of land they loved.


Having hosted her first city-wide Fundraiser at 15, Hannah's commitment to creating opportunity for others has always been a focus. Hannah's greatest passion is witnessing the power of philanthropy to create needed change.  She has spent the last 16 years connecting people and foundations to the needs of California’s Central Valley.  


Hannah studied Business Administration at Fresno State and lives with her husband and two sons in Fresno. 

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Career Highlights

The Healthy Harvest 

Working with state and regional partners to build a program that supported farmworkers and their families impacted by COVID-19. Created partnership with local nonprofits, the State of California, and the ag industry to provide 200,000+ COVID19 vaccinations.

The Start

Taking a risk and begging for a job at the Ronald McDonald House when I was 19 with minimal experience. Falling in love with the organization, families it served, and the ability to raise money for causes I care about. 

Critical Pediatric Care

Securing seven figure gifts to fund innovative, new programs at Valley Children's Healthcare, ensuring all children in California's Central Valley have access to high quality pediatric care.


Earning the trust of estate attorneys and working with their clients to devise the charitable giving in their wills. It always includes the most special of conversations and I'm honored to play a small role in cementing a legacy.

Capital Campaign 

From feasibility to quiet phase, built the infrastructure and kicked off a $40m capital campaign for the Central Valley Community Foundation. More than $6m secured to ensure there's a community foundation investing in the Central Valley in perpetuity.

Emergency Response

Identified funding and created a grantmaking strategy to respond to the greatest challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the devastation of the Creek Fire and most recent flooding in Merced and Tulare Counties. Over $7m in grants solidified.

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