"It's entirely possible that your life's calling is just wondering what your life's calling is for the rest of your life. It's okay though, because you're sure to find meaning as you search"-Katelyn Klug

  • Sam is a spicy Latina who has lived in Panama, Thailand, the United States, Hungary, and now Italy and who spent a year serving as the International President of BBYO (the largest Jewish youth movement in the world). Sam has run a gubernatorial campaign office, worked for a Congresswoman’s Washington D.C. office, a Senate race, presidential PAC, the digital firm behind Bernie Sanders' rapid ascent, and was the Get Out The Vote Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party. Sam worked for five years with JDC Junction as the community program manager and is now the Western Europe Area Director for BBYO. When not traveling for work Sam can be found helping Ukrainian refugees get rehoused with her co-founders of Due Torri Refugee Assistance.





    Education & Jobs

    Indiana University Bloomington

    Political Science and Government Major


    Activities and Societies;


    • Hillel (Intern)
    • Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority (Aephi)
    • Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Societies
    • University Scholar of Distinction
    • Sinai Scholars

    Chiang Mai University

    Study Abroad Semester

    Spring 2015


    Travelled throughout Southeast Asia. Took classes in Southeast Asian; gender, art, culture, religion, and development 


    James W. Robinson Secondary School

    International Baccalaureate Diploma



    Activities and Societies;


    • DECA student marketing association
    • Basketball
    • Wrestling
    • Track & Field
    • Cross Country


    Junction Community and Program Manager

    August 2018-June 2021




    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

    Junction Program, Senior Fellow

    Budapest, Hungary October 2016-July 2018


    Built up & branded Jewish community startup working across Europe at the intersection of JDC, The Schusterman Foundation, and The Yesod Foundation; its strategic purpose was to reinvigorate Jewish life in Europe by empowering young Jews to create community in their own image. Operated as community manager, consultant, and engager traveling to cities across Europe, working with partners to pull in young Jewish leaders of all backgrounds, planned and executed 6+ social innovation conferences for a total of 1,000 participants in 25 cities, built movement and loyalty around the Junction brand through strategic media planning and management, developed strategic plan focusing closely on local differences, entrepreneurship, and building strong networks, lead dynamic workshops and sessions for a pan-European audience, created and packaged successful systems

    Flywheel Sports

    Club Coordinator and Facilities Coordinator

    Washington D.C. June 2016-October 2016


    Greeted and assisted members in an upbeat, positive manner, effectively facilitated class check-in, assisted Studio Manager in general day-to-day operation of the studio, assisted in resolving member issues and concerns with the highest level of customer service, maintained studio excellence, managed Flywheel studio technology



    Cashier and Expediter 

    Washington D.C. June 2016-October 2016


    Helped bring values-driven, plant-based, affordable dining to D.C. area residents


    Revolution Messaging

    Mobile Strategies Intern

    Washington, D.C. June 2015-August 2015


    Worked at the intersection of digital media and politics, assisted leaders in the progressive community, using tools that help innovate on-the-ground organizing and messaging, worked on individual and team projects, part of the client servicers team directly assisting clients in shaping, maintaining and evolving their political presence in a digital technology market, maintained mobile messaging platforms, brainstormed digital strategy, assisted in preparation of client case studies and memos, and compiled daily clips


    Monroe County Democratic Party

    GOTV Director

    Bloomington, IN September 2014-November 2014


    Hired by the Monroe County Democratic Party to coordinate Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts for all the county-wide candidates. Decided and created the GOTV universe, organized GOTV weekends of action, wrote and uploaded GOTV scripts, worked closely with Congressional and State House candidates, managed volunteer efforts, and spoke to candidates and lay leaders at GOTV rallies. Voter turnout was predicted to be 10%, but through 5 passes of the universe was able to get turnout to exceed 20%


    O'Say Can You See PAC

    Finance Intern

    Washington, D.C. May 2014-August 2014


    Entered data into NGP, researched area demographics and created donor prospecting briefings, wrote donor bios and political briefings for Governor O'Malley, helped with 2014 Trustee Retreat planning and execution, donor maintenance, helped the Governor's robust national travel schedule, assisted with call-time program


    U.S. House of Representatives


    Washington, D.C. November 2013-January 2014


    Worked in the D.C. office of Congresswoman Eshoo (CA-18), answered phones, led capitol tours, filed mail, constituent correspondance, learned Intranet Quorum (IQ), conducted office inventory


    Terry McAuliffe for Governor

    Deputy Field Organizer

    Fairfax, VA June 2013-November 2013


    Organized Fairfax City, started Fairfax City office from the ground up, had 50+ 1:1s with volunteers, recruited, interviewed, and hired multiple interns, managed team of 10 interns, managed Neighborhood Team, planned and executed Office Opening with House Delegates, State Senators, and Attorney General candidate, worked with Field Organizer capabilities on vote builder. Started as Campaign Fellow in June promoted in September to Deputy Field Organizer.


    Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences in Washington DC


    June 2013-Present


    Created organizational proposal, submitted and got approved by Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, gathered student data, worked directly with alumni relations office and DC alumni chapter, connected network of Indiana University student’s interning in DC for the summer


    Donnelly for Senate


    Bloomington, IN September 2012-November 2012


    Managed volunteers, entered data into VoteBuilder.com, phone banked, led satellite campaign operations, student engagement, leadership development activities



    International Teen President

    May 2011-May 2012


    Elected to lead world’s largest global Jewish youth movement, deferred year of college to travel across North America and foreign countries, oversaw board of 9 teens and managed 43 regional counterparts, worked on developing new organizational brand, served on International Board of Directors, led community stakeholder meetings, increased donor and alumni engagement, planned 5 day convention for 1,000+ attendees in Atlanta, numerous public speaking opportunities, managed media appearances and engagement



    National Professional Certification in Customer Service, Professional Selling Certification, CPR


    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, iWork, Votebuilder, Intranet Quorum, NGP, ASANA, Nationbuilder

    Experience with global millennial trends, community management, network engagement, public speaking, social media, non-profits, leadership development, fundraising, donor engagement, board development, canvassing, press releases, event planning, marketing, strategic planning, community organizing, intern development, office management, volunteer recruitment, scheduling, administrative work, constituent communication, press clippings, briefings, digital strategy, digital media

    Fluent in Spanish, limited proficiency in Hebrew and Thai


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    The photo is a Mola pattern, Molas are part of the traditional dress of Kuna Indians of Panama and are worn by the women on the back and on the front side of their blouse. Molas have such an importance for the Kuna and their traditional identity...After the attempt of the Panamanian government to "westernize" the Kuna in the beginning of the 20th century by forbidding their customs, their language and their traditional dress, a huge wave of resistance arose. This resistance movement culminated in the Kuna revolution of 1925 where, after heavy battles, the Panamanian government had to make the concession of giving the Kuna people the right to govern their own territory autonomously. Learn more

    (Fun Fact: The Kippot at my Bat-Mitzvah were made by the Kuna Indians in Jewish geometrical designs)



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