When recruited by KickStart in 2007, Sam’s assignment was to move to Africa to supervise the work of 30 people across five countries across two continents and to build the capabilities of the finance, IT and monitoring & evaluation functions to handle significant growth of the organization.
Over the next three and a half years, Sam transformed the finance team through the implementation of a new ERP system, hiring and training new staff members, and developing standards and controls throughout the organization. These robust systems, measurements and controls proved essential to KickStart’s successful growth, 17% per year during Sam’s first five years. For this work, he was selected by the San Francisco Business Times as a finalist for the 2012 Nonprofit CFO of the Year Award. He holds an MBA from Yale University in Finance and Operations as well as an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.