Before joining the Center, Sam grew his experience in leader and student development at several institutes of higher education, including UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, and the University of San Francisco. His service spanned the efforts of directing emerging leader programs, developing campus-wide initiatives for student leader development, and stewarding the institutional implementation of best practices in leadership education. Sam has steered innovations in student development programming, especially at UC San Diego, which have contributed to the way university staff and students align their efforts to bring about greater campus impacts and in their broader community.

Sam has over 12 years of expertise in designing and delivering experiential learning engagements for college-level students. In addition, he has dedicated time to exploring youth engagement in the international development sector. Sam is faculty within CCL’s Leadership Beyond Boundaries team, which is committed to youth empowerment and educator capacity building. He is also certified to in MBTI, CGE360, 4MAT, and Organizational Workshop.

Current Role

Sam joined the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC as a University Program Manager in December of 2014 and now serves out of the San Diego, CA campus. In his role as a member of the Societal Advancement team, Sam supports business development along with program management and delivery for clients in the higher education sector. Presently, he focuses on standardizing program design, coordination, delivery as well as evaluation efforts for university clients.

Educational Background

Sam holds a B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Psychology from UC San Diego. He also holds a Masters of Education with foci in Student Affairs and International Higher Education from UCLA, as well as a Masters of Science in Urban Management with a focus on participatory planning from Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).

Professional Affiliations

Sam has affiliations with the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the UN-San Diego Association. As a long-time resident of the San Diego area, he enjoys exploring local community engagement opportunities.