New Pathways for Samantha Haas of the PNTS

Samantha Haas has accepted a full-time marketing and community outreach specialist position with Mad City Dream Homes (MCDH) in Madison, WI, and will be departing from her part-time communications coordinator and Pathways Across America editor role with the Partnership for the National Trails System.

“For the last three years I have been getting to know the incredible work that nonprofit organizations and Federal partners do to protect and promote our national trails. I am so grateful to have been introduced to this amazing network of trail enthusiasts and advocates, as well as to have helped share its stories through our communications channels,” she said.

Samantha received her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and minor in art from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI in 2010. After nearly eight years in journalism as a community reporter, photographer, and layout designer, Samantha joined the PNTS and MCDH teams in part-time communications roles in 2017. Her new role at the real estate company will expand a pro bono marketing model to help local nonprofits focused on protecting the environment, providing affordable housing, and promoting social and racial justice.

In her work for the Partnership, Samantha redesigned the Pathways quarterly magazine in 2018 for the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, reimagined the reporting system for an annual State of the Trails Report, and launched COVID-19 and Diversity and Inclusion resource pages for the trails. She made communications materials, such as the monthly e-news and magazine articles, more easily accessible on the PNTS website. Her attention to detail, writing, editing, and layout skills have been put to good use throughout the organization.

“I have learned so much from this network, especially the Advocacy and Policy Committee and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work group, as well as the talented and passionate PNTS staff over the last three years. Many thanks to executive directors Gary Werner, Karen Crossley, and Valerie Rupp and coworkers Liz Wessel, Kelly Doering, Kathy DeCoster, Chelsea Bodamer, and Leigh Schmidt for their encouragement and friendship. My involvement with PNTS has been more than a job to me. It’s been like an extended family — one that I have looked forward to reconnecting with in person every year in D.C. during Hike the Hill, and one that I hope to cross paths with again in the future,” Samantha said.

Happy trails, Sam

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