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Sam Murphy

Grant Writer
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sam’s drive to work with nonprofits comes from the desire to build and support more loving communities of inclusion. Sam has a background in international development having spent time researching both microfinance and access to sanitation in Uganda. She worked as a Research Assistant for the Ford Development Program at the University of Notre Dame supporting grant writing for the program’s maternal health initiatives in Kenya. Sam also brings housing services and education experience to her role at Elevate and was a 2014 Teach For America corps member in Colorado. Prior to joining Elevate in 2021, she spent five years in various management roles at the Root Cafe in Cleveland, whose mission is to provide accessible, local, and organic food to its community members in addition to supporting community building through music, the arts, and conversation.

Sam received her BA in Political Science and Poverty Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 where she also served as a Diversity Peer Educator through the school’s Psychology department. Sam has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2017 with a mission to teach accessible, body-positive yoga.

Sam spends the bulk of her free time outside with her husband and two babies. She loves learning about herbalism, gardening, and drinking sparkling water.

What is your hidden talent?

As a yoga teacher, I can create a yoga experience that is accessible to just about anyone!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?


All day.

I love life's joyful and exciting moments and I tend to be very optimistic. I think the exclamation point (ESPECIALLY when found in multiples) embodies these characteristics.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

To vs Too vs Two

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Enjoying a hike with my family, spending time with our dog, stretching, and making a delicious dinner. Unless there is live music to be seen or a party to go to, then I'd have to say one of those things.

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