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Sam Finke, 2004 M.S.W.

Sam Finke

Sam Finke graduated from the B.S.W. program in 2003 and the M.S.W. program in 2004. Since graduating, Sam has held various positions within government agencies. Currently, she is the press advance lead and special assistant for The White House. In this position, she assists in planning and preparation of official domestic and international events for the President of the United States.

Finke never intended to work in politics. She says it was a fortunate accident. She was graduating with her M.S.W. and had no idea what she wanted to do with her degree. The only thing she was certain about is her passion for community organizing/service. She was also fascinated with how the political process affected a social worker’s ability to work with clients and within their organizations; however, at the time she didn’t know how to combine the two passions. After graduating, Finke applied and accepted a position working in Nevada on Senator Harry Reid’s campaign. After that, she found her calling and the rest has been history.

Finke’s current job is something that she has dreamed of since she had the opportunity of doing press advance on the Clinton campaign in 2008. She loves her job because it is rewarding and exhilarating all at the same time. She has had the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people from all over the world. She has been able to see things that she never dreamed of seeing such as the Blue Mosque in Turkey, the Kremlin in Russia, the beautiful countryside of Kosovo and the Nobel Peace Price ceremony in Norway just to name a few.

Photo taken in Rio on Sugar Loaf Mountain


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