LEXINGTON, VA.—The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Kille as its first-ever communications director. Kille brings more than two decades of nonprofit communications and leadership experience to the new role, where he will work closely with the executive director to develop, plan and execute a comprehensive communications program for the organization.
SHECP is a collaboration between more than two-dozen colleges and universities that integrates rigorous classroom study of poverty with tailored and focused summer internships and co-curricular activities.
“Sam has an exceptional depth of experience, insightfulness and proven commitment to serving others,” said Dr. Brett Morash, executive director of SHECP. “We look forward to tapping into his expertise to better engage and educate students about the causes and remedies of poverty, and to diminish it through their professional, civic and political engagement.”
Kille most recently served as communications manager for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a grant making organization that supports post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members and their families. Prior positions have included public affairs officer for Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster relief organization, and regional communications director for the American Red Cross in Greater New York. He began his professional career as an award-winning military journalist and public affairs specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“I have seen firsthand the link between poverty and vulnerability, here at home and abroad,” said Kille. “I look forward to amplifying the great work of the consortium, and in turn, strengthening its ability to transform lives.”
Kille studied public affairs, with a focus on nonprofit leadership, at Empire State College; development and fundraising management at Molloy College; media communications at Nassau Community College; and journalism at the Defense Information School. He resides with his family on Long Island, New York.
About the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty: The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), is a consortium of colleges and universities that are committed to the study of poverty as a complex social problem, by expanding and improving educational opportunities for college students in a wide range of disciplines and career trajectories. SHECP institutions support undergraduates toward a lifetime of professional and civil efforts to diminish poverty and enhance human capability. For more information, please visit ShepherdConsortium.org, or visit us on Twitter at @TheSHECP.