Sam Goldman

Sam Goldman

Director of Development and Partnerships, Aspen Global Leadership Network

Sam Goldman has spent nearly 20 years working on the intersection of fund development and social change. He currently holds the esteemed position of Director of Development and Partnerships for the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a program of the Aspen Institute. He is based in San Francisco.

Prior to assuming this role, Sam served as a Senior Manager in the Philanthropic Engagement Department at Burning Man Project, an organization renowned for its cultural events and community-building initiatives. During his tenure, Sam oversaw major gifts and orchestrated impactful special events programming. Notably, he spearheaded the development of capital campaigns focused on sustainability and the arts. Sam played a pivotal role in securing funds for the future of Fly Ranch, a 4000-acre property owned by Burning Man.

Before his time at Burning Man Project, Sam was a member of the leadership team at the Conservation Lands Foundation. Within this capacity, he dedicated his efforts to assisting rural-based organizations in the American West, championing the cause of protecting public lands. Sam’s contributions included collaborating closely with the Department of Interior and the White House to establish new National Monuments. He oversaw grantmaking activities for a network of 65 conservation organizations.

Sam served as a board member of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. During his tenure, he launched the Jewish Pride Fund, an initiative that extends financial support to LGBTQ/Jewish organizations around the world.

Sam earned his degree from Bates College in Maine. Hailing originally from St. Louis, MO, Sam has a passion for the great outdoors. You can often find Sam hiking around California or exploring mountains on skis.