CAMP NJ February Power Hour
Sami's full bio:
Sami H. Elmansoury developed a resounding interest in American politics and diversity while serving on a Congressional Student Advisory Panel post-9/11, as well as as Chief of Staff for a civil rights and criminal attorney in New Brunswick, New Jersey, for three years.
Elmansoury served as Co-Founder and President of The Human Development Project (HDP), an apolitical organization dedicated to the shared values of common good and service within both the American Muslim and American Jewish communities, from 2003-2005. In 2005, he was the first recipient of the People of the Book Award, presented by Rutgers University for helping to positively alter the campus climate, for his persistence in promoting an appreciation for American diversity, and for helping to forge common understanding, respect, and compromise between distanced American communities.
In 2008, Elmansoury served as an active volunteer and organizer for the Obama for America Campaign, and as a volunteer Constituency Coordinator for the Victory09 Campaign in New Jersey the following year – when he sought to bring minority communities into the activist fold by way of voter registration drives, community-wide receptions, and direct outreach. He was also Co-Founder and Co-Administrator of an online grassroots organization in support of the Victory09 efforts. The group drew nearly 600 young activists as members, and was recognized by the Victory09 campaign as one of the most active and successful organizing groups online.
In 2009, Elmansoury was accepted into the Next Generation Training portion of the Democratic State Committee Conference, hosted by the NJDSC. In 2010, he was one of just 70 young people nationwide to be invited into the Department of State’s Generation Change initiative, which included a reception with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that addressed ways in which young Americans can become more involved in various democratic processes.
Elmansoury currently serves on the Immigrant Rights Task Force of the Office of the Borough President of Manhattan, on the Executive Board of MPAC-New York City, on the Steering Committee of ADC-New Jersey, on the Board of Advisors of the New Leaders Council of New Jersey, and as an MLT for the ASMA Society. He is also the owner of the online blog, “American Reflections”.
Active in business, Elmansoury is an Executive with Precision Learning, a company dedicated to revolutionizing education by providing exceptional quality, increased affordability, and excellence in exam preparation to companies, government agencies, academic institutions, and individuals of all ages and backgrounds alike.
An avid writer and public orator, Elmansoury has spoken at several events and conferences throughout the United States, and has been interviewed for or featured positively in various media outlets, including independent films, MTV, Britain’s TV4, the New Jersey Jewish News, Dandana TV, Dubai’s Al-Arabiya TV, the Times of Trenton, NPR, the Jewish Week, the Voice of America, and the New York Times.
Elmansoury graduated from Rutgers University’s Rutgers College in 2006, with a B.A. in Political Science and French Language. He currently resides in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, with his family.