Samantha Deliso was promoted to Development Director in 2020. In this role, she oversees Turnaround’s institutional funding portfolio, manages relationships with Turnaround’s primary funders and collaborates closely with Applied Science, Partner Impact and Communications teams to craft organizational messaging for external audiences. She joined Turnaround in 2014 as an Associate of Development and has since been promoted to Manager of Development in 2016 and then to Associate Director of Development in 2018.
Prior to Turnaround, Samantha interned for The GO Project, an organization that supports students at risk of academic failure with year-round academic enrichment and family support programs, and for the Mary N. Bassiouni Foundation, an organization that empowers South Sudanese women through education, economic empowerment and health and wellness programs.
Samantha holds an M.A. and B.A. in English from St. John’s University. She received the St. John’s University Presidential Scholarship, a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship, as an undergraduate student.
What three words would you use to describe your work at Turnaround?
Challenging, enlightening and invigorating.
What motivates you?
Helping others imagine and embrace a new purpose for education. My nephew just started Kindergarten. I want him to walk into a classroom that sees him as the incredible kid he is and responds to his unique strengths and needs. This should be the purpose of our education system – and thanks to the work of so many leaders in the field, we are better positioned than ever to make that a reality.