Samuel Carter

Former Managing Director

As Managing Director working on the Resilience Team and the Global Resilience Partnership, Samuel Carter worked to increase our knowledge and understanding of resilience, and to develop and execute innovative resilience building strategies for communities around the world.  He led the development of a Global Resilience Academy as well as the Foundation’s US-based resilience work.

In 2007, Mr. Carter helped to establish the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, where he served as Associate Director.  At IPK, he established new program areas and worked as a liaison between the IPK and its many partners within the University, in New York City, and around the globe. He served as an Assistant Editor of IPK’s journal Public Culture.  In 2013, Mr. Carter worked to develop and implement Rebuild by Design as Project Manager of its Research Stage.

Prior to working at the IPK, Mr. Carter worked as Program Coordinator for the President’s Office of the Social Science Research Council, where he coordinated the SSRC Katrina Task Force and two books for the Privatization of Risk Series with Columbia University Press.

Mr. Carter has taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and NYU’s Stern School of Business.  He has served as a Researcher for Vice President Joe Biden and political strategist Robert Shrum. He is a Co-Founder and serves on the board of Hollaback, a global movement to end street harassment and ensure equal access to public space using mobile technology, and recently contributed to the edited volumeAdvocating Creatively.

Mr. Carter holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Policy Analysis and Management from New York University.

Authored Content

  • Jan 05 2017
    Blog Post Applying Resilience Thinking With Our Partners in Africa How can a well-constructed road add the most value to Machakos County, Kenya? How can it help manage the shock of intense downpour during the rainy seasons, but also support communities during the stresses of dry spells and droughts? These are some of the key questions that a room full of grantees, partners, and experts […] Lauren Mickelson, Samuel Carter
  • Oct 31 2016
    Blog Post In the Age of Resilience   When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States, it breached more than 50 levees and floodwalls, leaving nearly 80 percent of New Orleans underwater and killing nearly 2,000 people. Before this moment, the city of New Orleans, like many other great cities around the world, was aware of the risk […] Samuel Carter
  • Jan 29 2016
    Blog Post Unlocking Urban Resilience Through Innovative Partnerships For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities—a figure that is expected to reach 65 percent by 2045. According to UN-Habitat, approximately one third of the urban population in the developing world resides in slum communities. This figure jumps to more than 60 percent in African cities. […] Chioma Ume, Rurik Marsden, Samuel Carter
  • Jun 12 2015
    Blog Post Six Great Ideas from the National Disaster Resilience Building Competition The National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), an innovative partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Rockefeller Foundation, is already bearing fruit—even before the selection of any finalists or winners. Listed below, in no particular order, are six examples of innovative and substantial steps that communities around the country are […] Samuel Carter
  • May 07 2015
    Blog Post Alyssa’s Story: A More Resilient New York, One Oyster at a Time Editor’s Note: This is the first of four in our StoryCorps “Spoken From the Heart” series. Check back next week for the next installment, which brings us to El Paso. When Superstorm Sandy hit land, devastating thousands of communities, social-sector organizations sprang to action, not just to help people rebound faster, but to help them prepare […] Samuel Carter