BROOKLINE, MA (March 19, 2018) We are pleased to announce that Pam Haas will become the Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves’ New York office, effective immediately. After a comprehensive national search, Pam’s expertise, creativity, and vision stood out, making her the best choice for the role.
Pam joined Facing History in 1998 and for most of that time served as Facing History’s New York Director of Development and Associate Director of Advancement. As a key member of the senior leadership team, Pam provided strategy and vision for the growth of Facing History in the region. Most recently, Pam served as the co-Acting Executive Director of the New York office.
During her tenure, Pam and her development team raised more than $110 million from donors in the New York area. Pam has also represented Facing History at regional and national conferences, and has led fundraising and programming efforts for organization-wide projects, contributing to the increase in the number of schools and communities served. Since 1993, the office has grown from serving just under 1,000 teachers in 250 schools to over 11,000 teachers in 2,000 schools reaching 830,000 students.
As the Executive Director, Pam will provide strong continuity for the New York office, a deep knowledge of Facing History, and creativity and innovation as we build new partnerships and continue to expand our reach in New York.
“We must fight the rise in bigotry and divisiveness in our communities with knowledge and action. I believe there is no better organization to meet the challenge than Facing History,” said Pam. “We can help more schools to equip their teachers to confront the difficult lessons of the past to empower young people to be informed and engaged citizens who will secure the strength of democracies around the world.”
Before Pam joined Facing History, she earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and taught humanities and French as a middle school teacher. She was also the Director of Breakthrough Cambridge, MA, an academic enrichment program for talented, low-income, middle school students.
"Pam is a compassionate, thoughtful educator and leader who has long supported and impacted our work here at East Side Community,” noted Mark Federman, principal of East Side Community High School. “We are excited that she will be leading Facing History's efforts to affect the lives of teachers and students throughout the New York region."
Pam also has the full support of Facing History’s Board of Directors and major partners. "I am very excited that Pam Haas is becoming the Executive Director in New York,” said Lori Fife, Member of the Board of Directors and New York Advisory Board Chair. “Her track record in fundraising as well as program efforts have prepared her to succeed in this new role. Hiring Pam provides us with continuity, as well as innovative thinking and creativity, that will take us to the next level."
Itai Dinour of the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust identified Pam’s work as a critical factor in reaching more students: “For a decade, Pam has been a key partner in building our partnership with Facing History and Ourselves where we’ve been proud to help fuel their growth. Pam’s strategic mind, strong relationship skills, and deep commitment to supporting students and teachers will enable Facing History to continue to be an important resource to schools in the New York region.”
Pam has great confidence in the ability of the organization to transform the lives of students, educators, and school communities. “On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the New York office, I look forward to working with my experienced and talented New York colleagues, volunteer leadership, donors, educators, and our partners."
We are pleased to have such outstanding talent within our ranks. Please join us in congratulating Pam on her new role.
To interview Pam or learn more about Facing History and Ourselves, please contact Valerie Linson, Director of Communications at (617) 735-1698.
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational organization that reaches millions of students worldwide every year. Using the lessons of history — and history in the making – Facing History equips teachers to provide students with the skills to think critically and wrestle with difficult issues. Teachers work closely with students to make personal connections between the past and their present. Our rigorous curriculum sparks their desire to look beyond themselves and participate in the broader world. We are creating future generations of engaged, informed, and responsible decision makers who when faced with injustice, misinformation, and bigotry, will stand up for justice, truth, and equality. Facing History transforms required lessons in history into inspired lessons in humanity to empower youth who will change the world for the better.