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Samantha Facciolo


Samantha Facciolo joined the staff of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom in 2017 as Director of Chapter Expansion. She played an integral part in supporting the development of new chapters during a period of unprecedented organizational growth. Under her tenure, membership tripled, enabling thousands of women of all ages to participate in Muslim-Jewish interfaith work. Currently, she holds the position of Director of Fundraising and Membership. In this role, she holds various responsibilities, including strategic development, fundraising initiatives, and membership strategy.

Prior to coming to the Sisterhood, Samantha worked as an educator, teaching creative writing as an adjunct professor at New York University and Emerson College and in Boston and New York City public schools. A certified Montessori teacher, she taught at the early childhood and elementary levels, supporting children across academic disciplines as they grew to be responsible citizens, both in the classroom and in the larger world.

Samantha holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service. She is a freelance journalist whose work has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Marie Claire, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sojourner’s, The Northern Virginia Review, and other outlets.

She has served in volunteer capacities as an asylum advocate at the New Sanctuary Coalition, an interpreter and child welfare advocate with the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, a volunteer ambassador and fundraising athlete for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics.

Whether in her work with the Sisterhood or in her previous position as an educator, Samantha strives to bridge connections across diverse communities and leverage the power of the collective in pursuit of social good.

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