Welcome Assistant Director Joseph Halaas

Arboretum Visitor Center in July with blooming native plants

The Arboretum is pleased to welcome Joseph Halaas as the new assistant director. Joseph joins the Arboretum from the Wisconsin School of Business, where he served as the Director of Global Programs and Partnerships.

Joseph has worked on the UW–Madison campus for over a decade. He looks forward to applying his skills and experience at the Arboretum. He says, “The last phase of my career at UW–Madison was focused on developing and delivering global learning experiences. This was rewarding because I genuinely believe in the value of these kinds of transformative experiences. As I enter a new chapter at the Arboretum, I’m excited to help advance the important work of restoring land and enriching lives.”

Joseph Halaas
Joseph Halaas

Joseph finds inspiration in mission-driven work. He is grateful to support the Arboretum operational infrastructure that allows staff, volunteers, and the community to advance the important work of caring about people, our environment, and the relationship between them. “I am very excited to join the great team at the Arboretum,” Joseph says. “A major part of my role is to plan and coordinate business functions to maximize the position and impact of the Arboretum’s work. Already it has been fascinating to see how the Arboretum contributes to the university’s research, educational, and outreach goals.”

Arboretum staff are equally excited to have Joseph join the team. Director Karen Oberhauser says, “I’m thrilled that Joseph has joined our staff. He brings skills in business operations, budget management, human resources management, and diversity and inclusion, but also has a passion for caring for both people and the environment. Together, these skills and passion make him a perfect fit for his new role.”

Outside of work, Joseph enjoys exercising, reading, and exploring Madison’s restaurant scene. With his background in international education, Joseph stays connected with friends, family, and colleagues across the globe.

—Scott Dyke, communications specialist