Passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, economic development, community engagement, and higher education, Sammy has been fortunate to serve in a role at the University of Maryland, College Park where he is able to leverage his professional experience, institutional knowledge, and infuse them with his passions. As the Campus Connector and Manager of the University’s Research Park known as the Discovery District, he is tasked with fostering greater collaboration within the campus and throughout the community, as well as supporting the Chief Innovation Officer in her vision to enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem by “activating fearless ideas for transformational impact.”
Prior to his current role, Sammy spent over a dozen years working with non-profits as a development officer and as a consultant. He has also co-founded a startup, launched an independent contracting firm, connected entrepreneurial faculty to the NSF's I-Corps program, and co-facilitated design thinking courses at MICA. In his free time, he enjoys applying his creative mind to a variety of artistic endeavors from painting and writing to mixed media and photographing nature.
He currently sits on the board of OutGrowth, a Baltimore-based organization that provides experiential learning opportunities to college students by connecting them with local farms in need of their talent and fresh ideas. Sammy was recently recognized as one of the Forty-under-40 Honorees by the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund.
He has two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, on in Arts & Humanities (Communication) and another in Behavioral and Social Sciences (Government & Politics). Sammy also has a Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship from his alma mater.