Sam Radford is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, that expands the capacity of communities to make it possible for all young people to earn a college degree or other postsecondary credential.
Radford serves as president of District Parent Coordinating Council, which has emerged the past several years as the most organized and vocal advocate of reforming Buffalo public schools. He also works as a program director at Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. The mission of the CAO of Erie County, Inc. is to promote opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency through advocacy, partnerships, access to services and low-to-moderate housing development.
After a stint in the Marines, Radford became an activist and organizer on a number of fronts, including president of the student government at Erie Community College, a trainer with the Martin Luther King Institute for Nonviolence, and head of a youth detention center for at-risk kids and a homeless shelter for young women.