Samuel M. Pierre is the Brooklyn borough director in the Community Affairs Unit for New York City’s Office of Mayor. Sam works as a liaison between the mayor and African-American and Caribbean communities citywide.
Raised in a religious family, Sam was born to be a public servant. He credits his work as a youth leader in his church for his love for people and his strong faith. After completing his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University, Sam participated in several fellowships including, the NYU Wagner School for Public Service fellowship for leaders in public service.
Sam’s commitment to public service is evident from his work history. He interned with New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson and also served as the Brooklyn south director to Congressman Edolphous “Ed” Towns, the former chairman of Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and the National Urban League, Sam is also instrumental in his local community. After the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, Sam served as the deputy director and a special liaison for Haiti Relief for New York State Assemblyman Alan Maisel.
Currently, Sam is a senior advisor to the executive team.
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.