Sam has an extensive background in rural development, both in
the U.S. and internationally. He served in the White House from 2013 to 2014 as
director on the energy and environment team in the Presidential Personnel
Office, then was administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural
Business-Cooperative Service. Before returning to Wisconsin in 2017, he
launched and led the Rural Opportunity Initiative of the Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business.