Sam Hampton is a seasoned executive in the nonprofit and education fields. He has held leadership and consulting roles with nonprofits, schools, and affiliated agencies in program delivery and project management for the past 25 years. Sam brings a unique perspective to his work as he is a first-generation college graduate whose career has focused on empowering underserved populations.
Sam and his wife moved to Seattle to be closer to their adult daughters, who are also residents of the Seattle area. Sam was born and raised in Rochester, New York and spent most of his adult life in the Washington, DC area.
An award-winning filmmaker, Sam co-founded Docs in Progress, an education nonprofit organization for filmmakers. He also served as founding Executive Director of a Capitol Hill technology nonprofit, Program Director for higher education initiatives at the Executive Leadership Foundation, and with the New York State Health Department. Sam holds a PhD in Urban Education from Cleveland State University, undertaking research at The Ohio State University. He has served on the Board of The Harley School, a progressive independent day school, Selection Committee of the American Film Institute's Documentary Film Festival, and Advisory Board for the Seattle Social Justice Film Festival.
Sam will always apply the positive values of diversity, equity, and inclusion to his work and interactions with others. His interdisciplinary interests also put him in a strong position to bridge conversations between individuals from diverse backgrounds. With the goal of cultivating an inclusive and diverse community in mind, Sam hopes to contribute to these conversations as the Fair Chance Program Manager.
Fun Fact: Sam is a big auto racing fan and spent time with Michael and Mario Andretti during the Indianapolis 500.