Spotlight Saturday: Tammy Black, Director of Development and Communications - Hearing and Speech Agency

Spotlight Saturday: Tammy Black, Director of Development and Communications

What drew you to HASA originally? I joined the team at HASA because I was drawn to its mission to foster communication in all forms. My background before this was in health policy, but I'm also a lover of language and words, so it was a natural fit.

How long have you been affiliated with HASA and in what capacity? I've worked at HASA since 2008. I lead the Development & Communications team. Our task is, in essence,  to communicate about communication. We do that through fundraising, grant writing, social media & web development, community outreach, volunteer management, press relations and program marketing.

What is your favorite memory with HASA? There are so many wonderful memories that it's hard to pick just one. Launching the Baltimore Soundscape Project was amazing, as was everything about partnering with Google to use Google Glass with our students and clients in experimental ways. HASA was one of only five nonprofits to get that opportunity.

What is the one thing you want people to know about HASA? That our mission to facilitate and celebrate all forms of communication is so unique.  There are about 30 speech and hearing centers across the country and while some provide interpreting services and some others have a school, I know of no other organization in the U.S. that houses all three together in the way we do.  Oh, and did you know that Dorothy Parker's ashes are buried right beside our parking lot?  Yup, we love words and language around here.  A lot.

What are three words to describe HASA? Relevant. Unique. Important. 

What is your favorite word? Possibility. 

What do you like most about HASA? I get to work in and with every program.  Being able to share the stories of our remarkable families is such a blessing. And my colleagues - every single one of them - is so dedicated to their work.  It really is an amazing place to be.

What have you gained from being affiliated with HASA? It's been fascinating to see how technology changes the way we go about our work, especially in the last several years. There have been so many advances in assistive technology. Smartphones provide an amazing ability to communicate through text, video, and specialized apps. Social media has become a very effective tool to reach new donors and advocates.  I can't imagine what might be just around the corner to help us all understand each other better. 

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us. My dogs (and my kayak) have Baltimore-themed names. Attila "Da Hon," Logan Poe and Briscoe Murray.  My kayak is Brooks, of course!

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