Suki Baz has joined the Office of Communications as the National Park Service’s employee communications specialist. Her appointment signals the NPS’s commitment to improving communications and information-sharing with employees across the country. She brings to the job a passion for organizational communications and more than 10 years’ experience in the communications field in both the public and private sectors.
Most recently, at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs, she was responsible for all internal communications, but also dabbled in graphic design, event planning/management, project management, and stakeholder outreach. Prior to DHS, Suki worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she supported multiple internal communications initiatives and provided strategic communications support to clients including the UDSA National Animal Identification System and DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Suki holds degrees in marketing and art history from San Diego State University. While in San Diego, she worked at the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, the La Jolla Playhouse, and Cirque du Soleil. Suki and her husband have also lived in Phoenix, where she worked for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and volunteered with the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
Acknowledging that it’s very hard to choose just one, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland, where she regularly hikes the Billy Goat Trail and walks the towpath, rates as Suki’s favorite park. She is an avid hiker, biker, camper, kayaker, and traveler. When she’s not enjoying the outdoors, Suki loves to cook, make art and jewelry, and (try to) play the harp and acoustic guitar.
Suki described her philosophy by saying, “National Park Service employees truly embody the mission. A dedicated internal communications program is crucial to our success because it’s the two-way mechanism to get key information to each of you, and to ensure that your needs are communicated effectively to leadership and across the Service. I am excited to be your partner in achieving these goals and to be part of the NPS team.”
Suki’s first order of business will be to learn about the National Park Service, study findings and gather insights from the Employee Viewpoint Survey and other research, and begin to craft a national internal communications plan to be implemented across the Service.