Samaya Abdus-Salaam joined PHR’s development team as the events manager planning the PHR 2021 Virtual Celebration of the Heroes of Health and Human Rights and transitioned into the role of development operations coordinator. In that capacity, she manages the gift processing and operations of the team, and is taking on new projects to support and expand the individual giving program at PHR.
Prior to joining PHR, Abdus-Salaam worked as the community engagement and development manager at the Riders Alliance, a New York City-based grassroots organization of public transit riders fighting for a more affordable, sustainable, and equitable transit system, and a more democratic city. There, she planned year-round donor cultivation and stewardship events, including their annual gala.
Abdus-Salaam interned with the New York Foundation, where she spent a summer overseeing their Summer Internship in Community Organizing program and building a network of young organizers eager to make New York City a more equitable place.
Abdus-Salaam holds a BA in English with a minor in African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a cohort member of the 2019 NYU Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service. In her spare time, she co-leads a mentorship program for middle school and high school girls in the Bronx and volunteers to support local community advocates fighting to make fair and just institutional changes in NYC.