Hansen was hired by AVMA in June 2016. She holds a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky, as well as a B.A. in Geography from Virginia Tech. Her thesis focused on the willingness of horse owners to pay to prevent secondary bacterial infections at the onset of the equine influenza. Applying her agricultural economics knowledge and research experience in equine economics, Hansen creates economic reports for allied organizations, as well as performing geographic information systems (GIS) analysis.