Samantha is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the School of Public Affairs. As a researcher, she studies NGO partnerships, power dynamics, and USAID policy. Samantha is also a fundraiser with seven years of experience in international nonprofit development. As the co-founder and Director of a Denver-based international organization, Samantha works with a network of local NGOs in East Africa to improve and promote the development of the third sector. In this role she mentors a Tanzanian NGO network on strategic partnerships, professional development, and sector independence.
While based in the U.S., Samantha works to educate funders, donors, and development professionals on the importance of local partnerships and local ownership. Samantha believes strongly in shifting development frameworks and tipping the scale toward locally-led-development. Samantha teaches courses in nonprofit management and international development. Prior to joining the SPA PhD cohort, Samantha received her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver and her BA in International Relations from Knox College.Samantha is looking for adjunct positions that align with her experience in international nonprofit/NGO management and in the broader context of international development. Samantha will accept positions starting Fall 2023. Positions local to the Metro Denver area preferred. Virtual and remote opportunities are also welcomed.