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May 31, 2019

Meet Anna Haas

As Senior Coordinator, Development, Anna Haas works primarily with the Major and Principal Gifts teams. She also works with WNET’s Vice President of Development Vanessa Wise on various projects. Read on to learn about the path that led Anna to WNET, her favorite places in West Harlem, and more.

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

I grew up as a dancer in a small town in southern Oklahoma and graduated from Barnard College in 2017 with a BA in Dance and Economics. In my senior year at Barnard, I interned with New York City Center’s Development Department, then started working full time on the membership team. When my current job at WNET became available, I jumped at the opportunity to work for such a large non-profit with so many incredible projects happening all the time.

The Development Department hosts many events throughout the year. Are there any events you have worked on that were especially memorable, and is there an upcoming event you’re particularly excited about?

We had a small arts-focused event in March with a panel on entrepreneurship in the arts. I loved it! The  panel was full of incredibly accomplished artists and arts administrators who are continuing to better the arts community and open doors to new artists and audiences (something I feel very passionate about – yay, ALL ARTS!). We’re mostly finished with events for this year (it’s been a whirlwind!), but I’m most excited for the brainstorming and upcoming discussions on what we can and will do for next year.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

I was raised a few blocks from my grandmother’s house. My fondest memories with her involve walking to her house, eating dinner with her, then pulling my tiny rocking chair up next to her chair and watching The Lawrence Welk Show on OETA – something the two of us shared that I’ll cherish forever.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

I’ve been so behind on all my TV watching this spring, so am working on catching up. I love American Masters and definitely plan to stream Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life. I haven’t watched Les Mis on Masterpiece yet, so it’s definitely at the top of my list, as well. And, I just discovered ALL ARTS Performance Selects — can’t wait to dive into lots of amazing performances!

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live in West Harlem. When the weather is nice (finally!), Riverside Park and the Hudson River Greenway are my go-to places for fresh air and a run or bike ride. For food, Pisticci is debatably one of the best Italian places in the city (definitely worth the trip uptown), and La Salle Dumpling Room is my go-to for dumplings and bok choy. I also love ROKC on 141st for fun cocktails, oysters and delicious ramen.

What book are you currently reading?

I’ve recently gotten into audiobooks through the NYPL and just finished listening to Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It’s an incredible non-fiction book about the flaws in the justice system, specifically regarding mass incarceration and the death penalty. I’d highly recommend it. And, I’m reading Little Fires Everywhere because I love the author, Celeste Ng, and her book Everything I Never Told You is one of my favorites.

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

Yes! Tap is and has always been my favorite form of dance, so I still try to take tap classes in the city once a week. I also volunteer at the Dance Project of Washington Heights, helping teach tap to 3-8 year olds, which definitely keeps me on my toes. When I’m not working or dancing, I also run and just finished the Brooklyn Half. (I’m always looking for suggestions on new running playlists)!



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