Development and Public Affairs Director, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Sam Parker is the Development and Public Affairs Director for the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS). She joined SPTS in early 2016 and works closely with the Executive Director and Clinical Director to cultivate individual, foundation, and corporate funding to support SPTS’ mission. SPTS is dedicated to increasing awareness, saving lives and reducing the stigma of suicide through specialize training programs and resources that empower teens, parents and educational leaders with the skills needed to help youth build a life of resiliency. Prior to joining SPTS, Sam served as the Development Director for the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, Campaign Director for Congressman Frank Pallone, Deputy Field Director for the New Jersey State Democratic Committee’s Victory 2012 Campaign, and worked for many years on LGBT legislative issues for organizations such as The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Maine and Equality North Carolina. Samantha is a development, organizational and political professional with extensive experience in strategic planning, donor cultivation and retention, partnership building and leadership training. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management and a certificate of Social Justice and Economics from The Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine. She completed her undergraduate coursework in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Brookdale Community College.