Public Policy


Samantha Porter joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in July 2020 as the Community Engagement and Outreach Manager. In this role she leverages her education and personal experiences to lead work that promotes economic growth in low- and moderate-income communities and improving access to opportunity in underserved communities across the Third District. She spent the preceding 3 years working in the administration of Mayor Jim Kenney. She began her service in 2017 as Director of Place Based Initiatives for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone and Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives. She joined the Mayor’s Policy office in 2019 as the Deputy Director for Policy and Strategic Initiatives. She previously worked in the New York City office of ICF, a global consulting and technology services provider to commercial and government clients. Her role at ICF built upon her experience as   program manager in the Sandy Recovery Division of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, where she led the design and implementation of a $40 million program to rebuild low to moderate income housing. She also managed and directed the Sandy Housing Counseling Program. The first 10 years of her career were spent at Thomas Jefferson University in federal grants management. A 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University, where she majored in German and Political Science, Porter earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2012.

Courses Taught

  • PLCY 8127: Public Policy Project