Sam Quinney MPP

Sam is the Deputy Director of The Lab @ DC. Sam also fulfills the responsibilities of The Lab Director as needed and guides many of the Lab’s core functions, including data sharing, budgeting, personnel, and integration of The Lab into the District’s policy making process. Sam also leads The Lab’s Education and Health and Human Services Portfolio.

Prior to joining The Lab @ DC, Sam worked at the US Department of Education (ED) to embed behavioral insights and rigorous testing into the Department’s outreach to struggling student borrowers. In K-12 education, Sam informed the development and analysis of many ED initiatives, including School Improvement Grants and new regulations for teacher preparation programs.

Sam previously worked as a Fellow under Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, where he helped design a more cost-effective use of commercial loading zones and a 311 data tool currently used to predict and prevent outbreaks of rodent activity across the city. Prior to living in Chicago, Sam was a 7th Grade U.S. History teacher in Philadelphia and a Coordinator for a college readiness program serving low-income youth from neighborhood high schools.

Sam was a 2013 Presidential Management Fellow and a 2007 Teach For America Corps Member. Sam holds a B.A. in political science and writing from Villanova University, a secondary teaching certification from University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of public policy from the University of Chicago. On the weekends you’ll find Sam with his wife, Kelly, and dog, Nova, enjoying H Street NE, or exploring DC’s growing craft beer and distilling industry.

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