Shenandoah Sampson, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, is a program officer in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Academic Exchange Programs. He oversees Fulbright enrichment seminars, academic training and orientations, scholar program initiatives, and program evaluation.
Before joining the State Department last year, Shenandoah spent four years managing ECA-funded programs at the Academy for Educational Development. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, where he taught math at a rural high school and trained incoming Peace Corps volunteers.
Before discovering his passion for international education, Shenandoah was a professional snowboarder, performing aerial maneuvers in freestyle competitions and appearing in snowboarding magazines and films. He has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard University. Shenandoah enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds, including snowboarding, surfing, biking, and hiking. He also enjoys vegetarian cooking, travel and language learning, and spending time with his wife and son.