In January 2020, Ms. Sam began serving as the Executive Director for New Dawn Vallejo Corporation (NDVC). Since her arrival, Ms. Sam has been focused on revamping current programs, securing community collaborations, broadening source funding, and establishing a clear vision for NDVC’s future to improve the lives of those it serves.
Ms. Sam was born in Natchez, Mississippi but moved to Solano County as the child of military parents in 1971. She attended local schools, including Solano Community College, before completing an Associate in Business Administration Degree at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Natchez, Mississippi, Dual Bachelor of Paralegal Studies and Community Planning Degrees at Humphreys College in Stockton, California, and Marriage & Family Therapy Master’s coursework at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She is presently a Master of Divinity Seminary student at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, following her call to ministry in 2016. Ms. Sam is the holder of several certifications gladly sharing her wealth of knowledge relating to systems management, financial planning, and entrepreneurship with improving the lives of others to create more economically secure households as her goal. She is the proud mother of two and grandmother of six modeling daily that strong communities start at home.
Ms. Sam’s Personal Statement:
“Shared knowledge is the key to wisdom and being resourceful is invaluable for individual, familial, and communal sustainability.”
Ms. Sam has a history of working and serving communities through life transitions, both in the United States (U.S.) and in support of U.S. Military families stationed in Europe, to ensure the psycho-social well-being of individuals and groups emotionally, physically, and financially. She is proud of her involvement and efforts to support families; infants, youth, adults, and seniors as an Advocate, Educator, and Trainer over the last thirty-six years within the workforce as a Civil Service, Private Sector, and Non-Profit Employee, as well as an Independent Contractor and Entrepreneur. Ms. Sam believes “it’s a blessing to be a blessing.” She proudly serves as an Associate Minister, Psalmist, and Church Administrator of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Vallejo, California under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Rev. Justin R. Lester, PH.D.
Ms. Sam’s favorite quote:
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King
Ms. Sam is known for her passion that manifests itself through her dedication, drive, and willingness to uplift youth and families serving tirelessly on multiple non-profit and association boards in support of the wholistic well-being of individuals to improve their quality of life in the communities in which they live and thrive. It is now her hope that through the work of NDVC she continues to responsibly and effectively make a significant community impact.