Our Team

Aya Samman

Public Affairs and Government Relations Manager

Aya is a communications specialist with international experience in non-profit management and philanthropy. She is part of the Washington Government Relations team, working on clients policy priorities and representing them in Olympia during legislative sessions.

Before joining S360, Aya worked as project manager at the University of Washington Evans School’s Accelerating Social Transformation program – a unique experiential learning accelerator that exposes social-sector professionals to the nexus of social impact and exponential technologies.  

Having lived most of her life in the Middle East, Aya’s international background gives her a unique perspective in her role as Public Affairs Coordinator. Motivated by the Arab Spring and Syrian Revolution, Aya received her BA in Communications & Arabic Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, followed by her MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington. Aya is Secretary of the Board at the Karam Foundation, a non-profit that provides innovative education solutions to Syrian refugees.  

During her downtime, Aya enjoys hot yoga, green juice and playing with her little Maltese, Lily. 

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