Samantha Lilienfeld is YC’s associate director of operations and communications where she supports the organization’s internal development and external communications, working in support of the writing program, teen-written story distribution, and education programming. Prior to joining Youth Communication, Samantha worked with the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Coro NY’s Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship program. Samantha has an M.A. in American studies from CUNY Graduate Center and a B.A. in comparative ethnic studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She lives in Brooklyn by way of Los Angeles.