Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Samantha H. Joseph serves as the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the United States Department of Agriculture. Samantha spent the first 10 years of her career leading community, diversity and environmental programs for Fortune 500 companies, including at Iron Mountain where she was the company’s first head of corporate social responsibility. Most recently, she led the outreach and engagement efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Vaccine Equity Initiative. A dedicated community leader, Samantha is chair of the board of directors of Samaritans, the largest suicide prevention agency in MA and a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. She is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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Nathaniel ‘Alex’ Córdova
Community Development Specialist, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Nathaniel ‘Alex’ Córdova is a Community Development Specialist with the USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, where he leads initiatives with a focus on outreach, technical assistance, and capacity building. He joined USDA in 2016 as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has also served as a Strategic Engagement Specialist and Promise Zone Desk Officer with USDA Rural Development, and as a Business Development Specialist with the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Alex brings over 15 years of experience in agricultural development and food system resilience. He is a member of the Prince George's County Food Equity Council and the Council of Development Finance Agencies' Food Systems Finance Advisory Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and Religious Studies, with a minor in American Ethnic Studies, from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Alex obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs with a concentration in public and nonprofit management in 2015.