Samantha Wigand

Samantha Wigand

Chief of Staff

Samantha Wigand is committed to working with communities to ensure that all residents have equitable education, health and economic opportunities.

Beginning her career as a clinician in children’s mental health, Samantha quickly came to believe that focusing her work on integrated, aligned and data-driven community systems was the most effective way to produce demonstrable improvements for children. Samantha has dedicated her career to working with national organizations, community nonprofits, and government agencies to strengthen community systems and services. Previous experience includes the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, and United Way Worldwide.

Samantha is also a certified coach with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Most recently, Samantha has been consulting with multiple communities and initiatives on early learning, community impact and community change. She is a skilled strategist, project manager, facilitator and analyst. As CNM’s Chief of Staff, Samantha oversees education, consulting, and collective impact programming.

Samantha has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and a master's degree in social work (Administration and Community Practice) from the University of Tennessee. She lives with her two sons and husband in Brentwood.

Ask Sam about: large-scale nonprofit strategy, how to drive community impact, project opportunities at CNM, the latest Walking Dead episodes