Sam has spent his 20-year career as a fundraiser, writer and marketing executive. His purpose in life, and his drive, come from helping others and making an impact on the world.
As the Chief Development Officer and lead fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Arizona for 10 years, Sam guided the organization to its most successful fundraising in history, fueling its impact on more than 140,000 K-12 students annually. During his tenure, Sam re-designed the fundraising team, and together, they nearly tripled annual giving and raised more than $40 million to support programming, launch new initiatives, drive innovation, and expand reach. He played a key role in transforming the organization into a cutting-edge leader in career and financial literacy education for children, making it one of the top-performing Junior Achievement chapters out of 102 offices in the United States.
Previously, Sam co-founded and managed an advertising and public relations agency whose clients included Make-A-Wish, Habitat for Humanity, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cox Communications and NPR. His agency was responsible for creating messaging, developing marketing strategy, and shaping the public perception for executives and companies in all industries. Sam’s agency was the #1-ranked boutique PR firm in Arizona for three years.
Sam has an MBA and BA in journalism from Arizona State University and has completed executive education at UC Berkeley and Stanford. He was a 2021 Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Fellow and was honored as a “40 Under 40” by the Business Journal. He has also served as chairperson and board member for education, social services and healthcare nonprofits. But, most of all, Sam is a proud husband and father to two beautiful daughters (who challenge him every day of his life).