Samantha Erskine

As the Director of Development of The Council of Urban Professionals, Samantha is responsible for creating and implementing fundraising strategies to both maximize and diversify CUP’s revenues.

Prior to joining CUP, Samantha was the Manager of Development at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she helped build the Development Department’s infrastructure, grew and diversified the organization’s revenues, and expanded its visibility. Samantha has also worked at the Applied Research Center and at Legal Momentum, where she used various technologies, media sources, and fundraising tools to solicit donations, cultivate supporters, and engage communities and stakeholders. In addition, Samantha has had a lifelong commitment to, and passion for, the performing arts. She has trained in ballet, jazz, Latin and Afro-Diasporic dances, and has taught and performed in Russia, England, Spain, France, Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, all over the U.S., and on a salsa cruise to the Bahamas with a Bronx-based dance company, opening for El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.

Samantha is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at The New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She earned a Master of Arts in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College. The title of her thesis is, “Slavery’s Echo on the Lives of Erotic Laborers: Racism, Stigma, and the Politics of Respectability.” Samantha also holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in Psychology and Women’s Studies, as well as a certificate in Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Samantha is on the Board of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), a New York State-based organization designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development – New York, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.