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Jodi Samuels

Senior Director, Strategic Support for Colleges and Scholars

Jodi Samuels is the Senior Director of Strategic Support for Colleges and Scholars at FoundationCCC.

In this role, she concentrates on maximizing student success through grantmaking and scholarship programs, including the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment, the Finish Line Scholars Program, the Real Estate Education Endowment, the Nursing Education Investment Grants, and the K-16 Regional Education Collaboratives Grant Program

FoundationCCC Highlights

  • Partners with colleges and college foundations to administer student scholarship programs.
  • Maximizes impact across all scholarship and grantmaking programs through constant quality and process improvement.
  • Identifies strategies to support student-centered and equitable approaches for scholarship and grantmaking programs.

Jodi started her career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aiding language staff in technology integration. She held diverse roles at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California, managing grants and a scholarship program. She was integral at the California Primary Care Association, generating significant operating funds and supervising a comprehensive training program. She also gained virtual teaching experience during her tenure at Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, contributing to her diverse skill set.

Despite living in California since 2004, Jodi remains a steadfast New Englander and Red Sox fan at heart. She studied French and theatre as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, earned a M.A. in French at Middlebury College in Vermont, and holds a Ph.D. in French literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Areas of Expertise

  • Program and Project Management
  • Mentoring and Staff Development
  • Writing and Public Speaking
  • Grants Management and Stewardship