Sam Knowles

Strategic Communications Specialist

Sam has broad experience helping civic sector organizations advance their missions through strategy, storytelling, and messaging. At Bennett Midland, Sam serves as the communications lead for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program, which supports over 20 cities across the world solving problems in new ways to deliver better results for residents. Among other projects, he partnered with the Pretrial Justice Institute to hone a compelling narrative about its pioneering work in the criminal justice space and collaborated with staff to find new opportunities for long-term impact and sustainability.

Prior to joining Bennett Midland, Sam served as an Account Director in the national practice of BerlinRosen Public Affairs, where he 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. He has worked with elected officials, not-for-profit leaders, activists, and academics to craft opinion pieces for the nation’s top outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Sam previously worked at the Advertising Council, where he developed multimedia communications campaigns for major national not-for-profits and government partners. Sam is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in History.

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Civic Innovation