Samuel R. W. Ellison joined YW Boston in March 2021. As Manager of Partnerships, Samuel is responsible for generating program revenue by cultivating new participants and partners for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Services and supporting the stewardship and growth of existing partners.
Prior to joining YW Boston, Samuel was the Senior Administrator at The Partnership, Inc. and brings a wealth of experience developing professionals of color and supporting organizations with their DEI strategy. In 2018, Samuel co-designed and co-facilitated the curriculum for the City of Boston’s Dialogue to Action initiative, which aimed to convene conversations about racism in Boston neighborhoods, organizations, and civic associations.
Additionally, Samuel is a restorative/transformative justice practitioner and abolitionist, with a particular focus on supporting survivors of interpersonal violence and organizing men to address harmful manifestations of masculinity and skill-building for holding community members accountable for causing harm. Samuel is also an elite professional athlete training for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800m and was sponsored by adidas and the Boston Athletic Association from 2015-2020.
Samuel holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication, Political Science & Africana Studies from Villanova University and was a captain and seven-time All-American for the Track & Field team. Samuel also holds an MA in Migration, Superdiversity & Policy from the University of Birmingham (UK) and was the 2014-2015 US-UK Fulbright Scholar. Samuel is likely to be seen with cookies & cream ice cream and/or a chai latte in hand.