Jason Haas ’07 built his own interdisciplinary major of communications and government and added a theatre minor into the mix. It’s easy to see a link between his interests at Hamilton College and his evolving career. Haas is a digital-media marketing consultant – and volunteer – for progressive organizations and socially responsible corporations. He still enjoys writing and acting for stage productions.
In his performances Haas wants to inspire, work with and share the stories of “everyday folks making a difference in their community.” His personal and professional activism goes back to his middle school days. At Hamilton, he founded the LGBT Empowerment and Action Project. (He also received the prestigious Posse Foundation full-tuition leadership scholarship.)
Right after college Haas had a fellowship with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He worked as a field operative for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, among other activities.
Haas also is the founder of Hamilton’s LGBT alumni network, Spectrum, and works with recent alumni. He dispenses this advice to current Hamilton students: “When you really find what you’re passionate about intellectually, academically, go for that. Be an anthro major even if your parents – or you – think you should go into the legal profession…”