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Sam Stragand

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Sam Stragand

Sam Stragand

Senior Program Manager, Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility

Sam Stragand (he/him) is the Senior Program Manager for the Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility at Poverty Solutions, where he works with community partners to conduct research and evaluation projects in Detroit. Prior to joining Poverty Solutions, Sam worked with several Detroit organizations while completing his Masters in Public Policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. With the City of Detroit’s Housing & Revitalization Department, he helped produce an informational guide on the rights and responsibilities of renting in Detroit. At Detroit Future City, Sam authored a publication entitled A Detroit Homebuyer’s Guide to Overcoming Mortgage Application Obstacles.

Prior to the Ford School, Sam practiced landlord-tenant and housing discrimination law at fair housing organizations in both St. Louis and Detroit. Sam co-founded a non-profit, the St. Louis Mediation Project, focused on providing no-cost mediations in St. Louis’ housing courts, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Sam also taught courses on landlord-tenant law and mediation as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, his alma mater.

Sam grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and received his B.A. in philosophy from Grinnell College in Iowa. After graduating, Sam served two years in Peace Corps Turkmenistan. Sam lives on the east side of Detroit with his partner Claire and their dog Lassi.


Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility

The Partnership on Economic Mobility between Poverty Solutions and the City of Detroit is a joint effort to identify and implement concrete, evidence-based strategies that significantly improve economic opportunity and reduce poverty in Detroit.

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