Samantha is focused on alleviating poverty, marrying social science and computer science methodologies to design and evaluate programs and policies. She believes data & technology can help drive policy decisions by evaluating the assumptions and rhetoric used by policymakers when discussing the drivers & manifestations of poverty. Samantha is particularly passionate about policies that take an intersectional approach to addressing the barriers faced by vulnerable people.
As Acting CEO, Samantha is responsible for effectively closing and dissolving AHCI as an organization – this work includes everything from ensuring all contractual obligations are met with existing clients, to working with the staff and board to finalize a closure budget and transition timeline. Prior to taking the helm at AHCI, Samantha worked as the Manager of Advanced Analytics and, before that, the organization’s Senior Policy Analyst. In these roles, she was responsible for data & policy analysis, report writing, and creating further collaborative synergy between the data science and policy teams. Prior to joining AHCI, Samantha worked for a community-based non-profit in Homewood, managing the data collection, data management, and reporting process.
Samantha is a graduate of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, having received her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, with a Data Analytics concentration. Samantha also earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and French Language from the University of Pittsburgh.