Samantha was born and raised in Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa, where she received her Bachelor’s of Social Work and minored in Spanish. During her studies at Iowa, Samantha worked as the Specialized Immigration Legal Advocate at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and spent her summers working with Upward Bound, a college access program. Immediately after graduating, Samantha spent two years living and working in South Texas first with The Cesar Chavez Foundation as an Americorps VISTA and then as a counselor at a women’s health clinic. Samantha then moved to St. Louis in order to obtain her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.
During her Masters program, Samantha worked at Casa de Salud as a Referral Coordinator. Upon graduation Samantha worked for the International Institute providing social work services to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) migrating primarily from Central America and Mexico. Immediately prior to coming to The Clark-Fox Family Foundation Samantha worked for the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund as a Program Associate, helping to support a portfolio of non-profit organizations.
Samantha currently volunteers with YouthBridge Community Foundation and Good Multiplier. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Ava’s Grace. She is excited to join The Clark-Fox Family Foundation team as the Programs Manager where she hopes to contribute to the research and community support work taking place.