Meet our President/CEO: Siobhan “Sam” Bennett



Sam joined WCF as President/CEO in April 2009.

Prior to joining WCF, Sam challenged incumbent Congressman Charlie Dent in 2008 for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District. Though ultimately losing the race, she obtained more votes than any other Democratic candidate in the district’s history and raised more money than any local Democrat had ever raised for that seat.

In 2004, Sam served as Lehigh Valley Regional Field Director for the now-defunct America Coming Together (ACT), a 501(c)4 non-partisan voter registration group. Her leadership was showcased in the award-winning documentary “Hollerback.” In 2001, Sam first ran for political office and nearly defeated a long-term state senator in the Allentown mayoral race. Prior to politics, Sam was a Fortune 500 corporate executive.

Sam’s interest in creating organizations that spark political and community involvement runs deep. In 2012, she was instrumental in the founding of Political Parity, a historical non-partisan collaboration of women’s organizations focused on electing more women to office. In addition, Sam founded and has led for over 20 years Properties of Merit, a non-profit organization that works to spur citizen involvement and “bottom-up” private and public investment in the critical work of revitalizing communities. Under Sam’s leadership, the organization has grown into a highly successful statewide program, supported by foundations, private donors and corporate partners, including The Home Depot.

Sam is a regular guest on Fox News’ America News HQ, Fox News Radio, Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture, PBS’s To The Contrary, POLITICO’s Arena, and has appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and CNN International. Click here to read the full list of Sam's media appearances.

Sam graduated SUNY Oneonta in New York as a Regents Scholar. She currently lives in Allentown, PA with her husband and 10-year old son. She has two adult daughters who live in California and New York City. Sam continues to be actively involved in politics, serving as the elected Chair of the Allentown City Democratic Committee and 1st Vice-Chair of Lehigh County Democratic Committee, in charge of “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) operations county-wide.

  • ★ 50/50 Representation

    Why should good government depend on only half of the nation’s human capital? WCF commits to 50/50 representation of women and men in elected office by 2028.

  • ★ Common Ground

    Common ground just means problems get solved more collaboratively, for the good of more people. It’s the bedrock of our leadership at home and abroad.

  • ★ Viability for Election

    It takes more than money to make a candidate worth electing. WCF looks for guts, street sense, situational awareness, resilience -- the full range of gifts a woman brings to the race.

  • ★ Non-Partisan

    A woman’s place is in every party, every elected office, at every level. Period.