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Heather Sturt Haaga

Immediate Past Chair, Salzburg Global Seminar; Chair, African Wildlife Foundation

Heather Haaga, an artist residing in California, has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit board leadership. Beginning with the Crescenta-CaƱada Family YMCA in 1986 where she was elected the first female board chair, she has since served on ten boards and committees for both local and global non-profit organizations. Ms. Haaga is a trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary and a member of the advisory council for Princeton University Art Museum as well as a trustee for her alma mater, Vassar College. As Chair of Salzburg Global Seminar, she helped to envision a new strategic direction for the coming decade. She is currently the chair of the board of directors for African Wildlife Foundation, an organization that works together with the people of Africa to ensure the conservation of wildlife and wild lands of Africa. As an artist, her focus is on plein air painting - primarily landscapes and still lifes. She has had successful shows in Los Angeles and on the East Coast. Her paintings are in collections throughout the country. Prior to becoming an artist, she worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson in New York, for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, DC, and at Chesapeake and Potomac (AT&T) where she created the prototype residential marketing plan later used by phone center stores across the country. While in Washington, she and her husband were members of a 13-person group that believed in, raised the money for, and built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Following the birth of her two children she founded Marketing Management Inc., a marketing consulting firm.

(Last Updated June 2018)