Samantha Prior


Samantha provides strategic communications support for Hager Sharp’s education and health clients, including multimedia materials development, digital strategy development and execution, research, strategic communications planning, and media relations.

For the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), Samantha primarily supports the release of the Nation’s Report Card, a cross-disciplinary assessment that looks at what the nation’s students know and can do in key subject areas. She is directly involved in executing report release strategy, which requires coordinated support across content development, media relations, and social media.

Samantha also works with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts to support the organization’s strategic vision, strengthen its digital presence, and increase awareness of its important work in the field of early childhood arts education. For the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Samantha manages and supports a range of outreach activities, including conferences and events and digital communications like e-blast distributions and social media content development.

Samantha has a diverse background working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to government organizations and small nonprofits. Her experience at a boutique strategic communications firm taught her how to address difficult issues with smart, targeted, and rapid response. She utilizes her strong research and writing background, including time spent at the Washington, DC think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), to provide thoughtful counsel and content for clients. Samantha earned a BA in political science from Vassar College.

Like any good millennial, Samantha is rarely without her phone—whether she is sending “one last email,” catching up on the latest news, or checking out the menu at a new restaurant.

Whether it be for the latest policy development or the latest trend in wellness, Samantha is your go-to girl. Just don’t look at the sheer number of tabs she has open on her browser if that’s the kind of thing that stresses you out.