Hana Mensendiek is an investigative researcher at U.S. Right to Know. Prior to joining USRTK, she was part of the COVID-19 response team at PADECO, Co., Ltd, where she researched action patterns taken by governments and large international aid organizations, transmission patterns in schools, and the serious side-effects of school closure such as increased domestic violence, food insecurity for those who relied on school lunch for healthy nutrition, and a widening gap in learning for refugee children. She graduated from Carleton College summa cum laude, with degrees in political science/international relations and cognitive science. She is based in New York City and Tokyo, Japan.