Samantha Sandoval, Senior Director of Grantmaking & Special Projects



Samantha is a passionate and dedicated equity champion committed to liberating and channeling capital into under-resourced communities. 

As the Senior Director of Grantmaking & Special Projects, Samantha leads grantmaking at LCF. She is dedicated to social justice and advancing equitable strategies to enhance social, environmental, and economic impact in Latino communities.

Samantha has over ten years of experience in philanthropy, public health, and public policy. Prior to joining LCF, she served as grants manager for Youth UpRising, an Oakland-based organization investing in youth leadership, where she managed over $5.5 million in grants and contracts. She also worked at New Door Ventures, supporting the San Francisco-based organization’s $4 million annual fundraising campaign designed to help disconnected youth prepare for life and work. Previously, she worked at The California Wellness Foundation, where she supported grantmaking for two health portfolios totaling $18 million annually.

Samantha holds a BS from Santa Clara University and is currently completing her MA from Tufts University. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking, yoga, and live music.