Samaura Stone joined AYPF in 2018. Prior to joining AYPF, she was a policy analyst at the Aspen Institute where she focused on elevating two-generation approaches to improve social and economic outcomes for children and families. Her experiences include working as a congressional legislative fellow in the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Representative Karen Bass (CA-37).
Originally from Oregon, she received her master of social work degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Management from Portland State University. Prior to and during graduate school, she held positions with nonprofit organizations, government, and school districts, including working for several years as a Community Liaison for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) in his state office.
As a former direct-practice social worker, Samaura has advocated for various populations; including foster youth, formerly incarcerated women, families experiencing housing insecurities, and individuals impacted by mental health and substance abuse disorders. She is a long-time Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. Samaura was recently appointed to the Montgomery County Board of Social Services. In this role, she is responsible for advising the County Executive, Council, State Department of Human Services and Governor’s office on issues and policies pertaining to children, adults and families.