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Salma Samad

Director of Institutional Giving
Salma Samad

Salma Samad serves as the Director of Institutional Giving at the Southern Poverty Law Center, leading its engagement with private foundations and corporate donors. Salma brings more than 16 years of experience in securing resources for mission-driven organizations, including many years working on human rights and public health issues domestically and internationally. Salma’s experience also includes policy analysis and advocacy as well as strategic partnerships with cross-sector stakeholders.

Most recently, Salma served as the Director of Private Development at Internews, supporting programs that promote freedom of the press and access to information for underserved communities. Before Internews, Salma worked at Georgetown Law School, where she was the Director of Development at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, supporting a range of programs addressing health disparities and advancing health equity through policy and legal reform. As a Senior Director at Aeras, a global biotech nonprofit, Salma mobilized resources for technologies that prevent diseases affecting low-income communities. 

Throughout her career, Salma has worked to secure resources that advance access to justice and protect the human rights of marginalized communities.