Sam Epstein

Director of People Systems & Management

Oakland, California

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Sam is the Director of People Systems & Management at Root & Rebound and works across all teams to create sustainable talent recruitment, onboarding, retention, coaching and leadership development structures that grow with the organization. Prior to joining the team she served as the Associate Director of College & Career Success at KIPP Bay Area Schools and led the region’s college completion and career-readiness efforts for over 1,400 alumni. While at KIPP, Sam spearheaded the region’s first financial literacy and savings program by enrolling over 100 families into 529 college savings accounts and boosting saving to $111,000 in the program’s first year.

Since relocating to the Bay Area, Sam has taught English courses at San Quentin through the Prison University Project, and launched a peer mentorship program with the Coalition for Justice at San Quentin. This work has shed new light on the challenges of navigating reentry post-release and was the impetus to being a Root & Rebound volunteer and staunch ambassador before joining the team in October 2018.

Sam received her bachelor’s degree in English and Afro-American & African Studies from the University of Michigan and studied at the University of Cape Town in 2005. She earned her certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from UC Berkeley Extensions and is an MBA candidate at the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College.

Sam Epstein

Director of People Systems & Management

Oakland, California

Email Sam

Sam is the Director of People Systems & Management at Root & Rebound and works across all teams to create sustainable talent recruitment, onboarding, retention, coaching and leadership development structures that grow with the organization. Prior to joining the team she served as the Associate Director of College & Career Success at KIPP Bay Area Schools and led the region’s college completion and career-readiness efforts for over 1,400 alumni. While at KIPP, Sam spearheaded the region’s first financial literacy and savings program by enrolling over 100 families into 529 college savings accounts and boosting saving to $111,000 in the program’s first year.

Since relocating to the Bay Area, Sam has taught English courses at San Quentin through the Prison University Project, and launched a peer mentorship program with the Coalition for Justice at San Quentin. This work has shed new light on the challenges of navigating reentry post-release and was the impetus to being a Root & Rebound volunteer and staunch ambassador before joining the team in October 2018.

Sam received her bachelor’s degree in English and Afro-American & African Studies from the University of Michigan and studied at the University of Cape Town in 2005. She earned her certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from UC Berkeley Extensions and is an MBA candidate at the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I come to work at R&R everyday to answer the following question as it relates to organizational structures, education, criminal justice and all systems of power: “How would you structure this system if you didn’t know the role that you would play in the system?”

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