Samantha was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Growing up, she was very involved in the local Jewish community and expanded that network during her time as an undergrad at the University of Virginia. After graduation, Samantha moved to Gedera, a small town in central Israel, as a part of the Yahel Social Change Fellowship. She spent 10 months living in and volunteering with the Ethiopian-Israeli community, as well as traveling around the country meeting with nonprofit leaders and visiting Bedouin, Druze, and Palestinian communities, among others. After completing an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies at Tel Aviv University, Samantha moved to Washington, D.C., and worked in the women’s philanthropy division at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. In her current role at BBYO, Samantha oversees the financial advancement for BBYO across seven states for over 3,200 teen members. She works to expand the community of stakeholders who are invested in ensuring that Jewish teens have a lifelong connection to their Jewish community. Samantha's passion lies in supporting and preserving small Jewish communities across the South in order to bring Jewish experiences to those outside of major metropolitan Jewish communities.