Samuel Roods
Albany Damien Center, Grants and Community Relations Manager

Samuel Roods currently serves as the Grants and Community Relations Manager at the Albany Damien Center, a non-profit that provides wraparound services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the New York State Capital Region. In his role, he is responsible for all agency grant writing and reporting to private foundations and corporations. Sam writes proposals for both operating revenue and projects/programs, coordinating stewardship activities and submitting reports for grant funding. Prior to joining the Damien Center, Sam served as a Program Administrator, International Policy, for the United States National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). There, he coordinated U.S. policy on electrotechnical standards, specifically on conformity assessment and digital transformation. Sam has a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, specializing in foreign policy analysis and international security, from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religious Studies from Hartwick College. At Hartwick, Sam served as captain of the men’s cross country team. Sam is a 2019 board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Hudson Mohawk Chapter. Having been raised upstate by two public school teachers, Sam recently moved back to the Capital Region from New York City following the birth of his son. When not working, Sam enjoys coffee, running, reading the news, and spending time with his family. A proud Democrat and progressive, Sam was raised to value political activism as well as the collective power of individuals.