Samantha Plotner is a program associate on the Managed Organizations team, based in the Chicago office. She provides operational, financial, administrative, and compliance services to projects hosted at the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Her portfolio consists of projects focused on education, health, social action, and international development.
Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Samantha managed the annual gala and the corporate giving program at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. During her tenure, she set a new institutional record for funds raised at a gala and expanded the corporate partner program.
Previously, she worked for the National Organization for Women, New York City managing daily operations and planning the organization’s primary fundraiser, the Women of Power & Influence Awards. Under her leadership, the Awards set an unbroken institutional fundraising record. She was also involved in NOW-NYC’s advocacy campaigns related to campus sexual assault, birth control access, and human trafficking.
Samantha has a BA in political science and human rights studies from Barnard College and is currently pursuing a master’s in nonprofit management at DePaul University in Chicago. She volunteers for Barnard as an admissions interviewer and recently completed a term on the college’s Young Alumna Committee.