Weiss Institute Fellow


Sam Radford is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education that helps expand the capacity of communities to support young people along the developmental pathway from early childhood to adult success. The Institute partners with communities to address inequities and boost economic development, and does so by marshaling the field’s best thinking, best practices, and latest research, as well as by drawing on 30 years of Say Yes’ own experience, expertise and lessons learned.

Radford serves as president of District Parent Coordinating Council, which has emerged the past several years as the most organized and vocal advocate of reforming Buffalo public schools. He also works as a program director at Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. The mission of the CAO of Erie County, Inc. is to promote opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency through advocacy, partnerships, access to services and low-to-moderate housing development.

After a stint in the Marines, Radford became an activist and organizer on a number of fronts, including president of the student government at Erie Community College, a trainer with the Martin Luther King Institute for Nonviolence, and head of a youth detention center for at-risk kids and a homeless shelter for young women.