Chief Advancement Officer
Sam is originally from Wayland, Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Richmond. He joined IDEA’s founding team at IDEA Quest College Prep where he taught 6th grade Math and Science after teaching 5th grade in Donna, Texas through Teach for America.
Sam returned to the Boston area to receive his master’s degree and principal certification at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Compelled to continue the work of closing the achievement gap with IDEA in the Rio Grande Valley, he returned to IDEA as the founding principal of the IDEA College Prep San Juan campus. There he led the IDEA College Prep San Juan campus as principal for three years, growing the campus from two grades to six while achieving an exemplary rating from the state each year. The 2015-16 school year marks Sam’s 9th anniversary working as a member of the IDEA Team & Family.
Sam is currently a member of IDEA’s Senior Leadership team where he matches IDEA’s strategic programming vision with philanthropic opportunities. He is responsible for overseeing the advancement team’s $70 million 2017 growth campaign and building partners and advocates for IDEA across each of its regions. Sam also works with partner organizations who advocate for IDEA and other high-performing charter schools at the federal, state and local levels. In addition to managing financial growth, Sam leads IDEA’s exploratory work in selecting new regions for IDEA Public Schools beyond the 2017-2018 school year.
He believes deeply in IDEA’s mission of College For All Children and in the power of great schools impacting student opportunity and changing the economic landscape of our nation. Sam lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Lenora and son Gideon.