Samantha is the Program Policy and Practice Development Director at JCCA, where she works on agency-wide best practice initiatives to advance, support and improve the delivery of child welfare and mental health services to children and families throughout NYC. Samantha began her career as a foster care case planner at New Alternatives For Children and then spent four years as a Forensic Social Worker at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice. She then transitioned to the Center for Court Innovation and oversaw a $2.5 million dollar federal grant to create a package of interactive educational materials to facilitate the provision of effective, developmentally appropriate court support to empower children involved in criminal and civil/family court cases. Samantha has presented at conferences around the country about best practice work in preparing children for court, and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and the Fordham University School of Law and Graduate School of Social Service. Samantha holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Science in Social Work with a Minor in Law from Columbia University.