Sam Gill

Community and National Initiatives Program

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Sam Gill joined Knight Foundation in June 2015.

Previously, he served as vice president of Freedman Consulting, where he provided leadership for many of the firm’s projects, including strategic planning and evaluation, as well as campaign and initiative management. He has led or participated in projects for elected officials and candidates for office, Fortune 500 companies and many of America’s leading foundations.

In addition to conceiving, developing, and leading a range of planning and assessment exercises for foundations and nonprofits, Gill also co-founded Next Century Cities, the coalition of cities and their elected officials dedicated to investing in and championing next-generation Internet networks.

Gill has led and managed several major research efforts, and he has authored numerous reports, including “Gaining Ground: A Guide to Facilitating Technology Innovation in Human Services” (supported by the Ford Foundation); “A Future of Failure? The Flow of Technology Talent Into Government and Civil Society” (supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation); and “The Collaborative City: How Partnerships Between Public and Private Sectors Can Achieve Common Goals” (supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies).

His commentary on philanthropy and society has been published widely, including in The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Foundation Review as well as in more general outlets, such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, MinnPost, The New York Daily News, The Oxonian Review of Books, Policy & Practice, Politico and USAToday.

Gill earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Chicago and a Master of Philosophy in politics from the University of Oxford, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He serves on the board of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami.