Alicia Hansen is founder and director of NYC Salt, whose mission is to engage, inspire and empower New York City teenagers by providing them with professional-grade visual communication skills. Hansen has worked professionally as a photographer for the past 17 years. She has a Bachelors in Journalism and a Masters in Visual Communication from Syracuse University. She started her career as a staff photographer for The Atlanta Journal Constitution and worked for several papers all over the U.S. before coming to New York City. She assisted for Joe McNally for two years before starting her own freelance business in Manhattan. Currently, she serves editorial, corporate and advertising clients.