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AI for Social Impact: Sam Azar's Take on Rhode Island's Nonprofit and Public Sectors

January 24, 2024By Trailblaze Team

Topics: Videos, Artificial Intelligence, Podcast


This week, Trailblaze CEO/Founder and AI Wave host Chris Parisi welcomes Sam Azar to the podcast to talk about AI's impact on the non-profit and social sectors of Rhode Island. Azar is known for being the Founder and CEO of Ascend Impact Advisors – a consulting firm committed to advancing social impact by bringing a human-centered approach to strategy, data, and AI.

The two get to talking about AI in the non-profit space, community buy-in and how Rhody's own Roger Williams Park played a role in his AI story.

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More About Sam Azar

Per Ascend Impact Advisors:

Previously, Sam served as the Senior Director of US Research and Measurement at Habitat for Humanity International. There, he played a pivotal role establishing this function for Habitat, shaping the direction of the organization's research and measurement initiatives across the United States.

Before his time with Habitat, Sam was the Director of National Impact for Compass Working Capital, where he helped scale an evidence-based financial coaching program nationally through a training and technical assistance model.

In earlier roles, Sam held positions including the Director of Global Strategy for United Way and Manager of Data and Strategy for United Way's US Network. At Deloitte Consulting's Strategy and Operations Practice, Sam worked with federal government clients, predominantly HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing and the General Services Administration, and also led all of Deloitte Consulting’s pro bono work with the Capital Area Food Bank.

Sam's educational background further underscores his dedication to public service. He holds an AB in Public Policy and Philosophy from Brown University and an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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