Hannah Jukovsky was born in 1984 and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a family of Jewish and Catholic heritage. Her parents exposed her to political ideas at the dinner table, where they discussed issues such as rent control. Jukovsky was also influenced by her grandmothers, who have provided her with role models of strength and community spirit. As a student in the diverse Cambridge public schools, Jukovsky learned about class and race stratification.
Jukovsky became a leader of anti-MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) activism at Cambridge Rindge and Latin school, where she organized an MCAS boycott and teach-in. The boycott and teach-in provided opportunities for dialogue and alliances among students who do not usually associate with one another and taught students how to get involved in local and state political issues. Jukovsky's activism was influenced by her experiences in Project HIP-HOP (Highways into the Past, History, Organizing and Power). This program, which brings high school students from the Boston area on a civil rights tour of the South, taught Jukovsky about American history, the political system, and the struggle against racism and oppression.
Jukovsky continues to be involved in issues of education reform and is considering a career in education. She lives in Cambridge with her parents and sister.