Sam Knowles

Senior Manager and Communications Lead

An accomplished strategist and project manager, Sam is a partner to civic sector organizations looking to develop new strategies and strengthen their operations. As the communications lead at Bennett Midland, Sam also drives our work helping organizations tell their stories more effectively. Most recently, Sam managed our engagement with Rising Ground to guide the integration of two leading foster care practices into a team of over one hundred staff members serving children and families in all five boroughs, comparing program models, identifying high-need populations, and assessing staff capacity. He advises innovation teams in over 20 cities on communications and public engagement strategy as they improve how governments tackle issues such as criminal record expungement and affordable housing. Previously, he partnered with the Pretrial Justice Institute to find new opportunities for long-term impact and hone a compelling narrative about their pioneering work.

Prior to joining Bennett Midland, Sam advised leading foundations and not-for-profits including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and Voices for Civil Justice as an Account Director at BerlinRosen. He has worked with elected officials, not-for-profit leaders, activists, and academics to craft opinion pieces for the New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post. Sam previously worked at the Advertising Council, where he developed campaigns to raise graduation rates and get more Americans online on behalf of not-for-profits and federal agencies. Sam is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in History.

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Service Type
Client Type
Government, Not-for-profit
Issue Area
Civic Innovation