Samantha joined the foundation in July 2022 and brings several years of fundraising and philanthropic experience. In her previous role as Director of Resource Development with United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg (UWGRP), Samantha led revenue and relationship development for a portfolio of corporate partners. She also worked on building long-term strategic relationships with donors and volunteers. Initially joining UWGRP as a temporary campaign assistant in 2011, Samantha went on to spend nearly a decade with the organization that sparked her passion for fundraising.
Having worked closely with several high impact companies in the Greater Richmond area, Samantha takes great pride in her steadfast work ethic. In the community, Samantha is an executive board member of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives, and a VCU Neighborhood Liaison with the Newtowne West Civic Association.
Samantha earned her B.A. from the School of Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and her M.A. from the Women’s Studies Graduate Program at Florida Atlantic University. She lives in Richmond with her husband, John, their twin daughters, Rosalee and Martigan, and their cat, Yoshi. In her free time, Samantha enjoys live music, vegetarian cooking and cuisines, traveling, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends – preferably on a beach.