Samuel M. Pierre is currently the co-founder and senior policy advisor to the Haitian American Caucus, a driving coalition movement to improve the lives of the Haitian-American community and its allies. Raised in a very religious family, Sam was born a public servant. Being a youth leader from young, Sam credits the church for his love for people and his strong faith. After completing his undergraduate studies from St. John’s University Sam has participated in a number of fellowships and educational programs including the NYU Wagner School for Public Service fellowship for government leaders and has completed government and political certifications from highly respected institutions. Sam is currently pursuing an Executive Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Sam has worked in government, in various facets. One of Sam’s favorite moments in life was working as the Deputy Director and Special Liaison for Haiti Relief for New York State Assemblyman Alan Maisel during the tragic earthquake that left thousands deceased.
Sam holds membership to a number of upstanding organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, The National Urban League, and the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club in Brooklyn. In his capacity as c0-founder, Sam spends time fundraising and supporting HAC-Haiti, the Haiti arm of the organization. Sam loves his Haitian Community and is very much involved in future rebuilding efforts for Haiti.
Samuel Darguin is currently HAC-Haiti’s country director for programs in Croix-des-Bouquets, Petit Goave, and Les Cayes, Haiti. Samuel has over five years of experience running humanitarian organizations and projects in Haiti.
His experience is focused in education and international community development. His educational background is in public service and public health. As a project manager for Yele Haiti Foundation, Samuel conducted WASH evaluations for 60 affiliated tent camps throughout Port-au-Prince and Leogane. In addition to providing field support, he conducted education programs focused on sanitation and hygiene promotion. He understands the importance of families becoming self-sustaining. “Having the ability to help someone get out of poverty and improve their lives is a powerful thing,” he says.
Samuel’s dedication to Haiti and public service shines through in his work at the HAC compound and in his impressive work history.
He currently works as a Community Relations Event Planner for EmblemHealth. In this role he forges strong business relationships with elected officials, community-based organizations and business leaders to support local community initiatives while increasing EmblemHealth brand recognition in the New York City area.
While working as a consultant for the City University of New York, Jeff developed and implemented social media marketing strategies and established community partnerships. He managed their social media channels and their “Apply ASAP” campaign, which resulted in over 300 students applying to college for the first time.
Furthermore, Jeff has worked with charter schools in Philadelphia on developing policies that would reduce teacher retention.
Jeff received his bachelors in African American History from York College, City University of New York and is currently pursuing his masters in urban policy analysis and management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy a graduate school at The New School.