Sam filed his first Sakai JIRA ticket over nine years ago (SAK-93) and has contributed to Sakai development and QA ever since. He was a member of Megan May's QA group for the Sakai 2.6 release and for the 2.7 series provided QA support as well as code patches. In 2010 he joined the maintenance team and also the release management work group, helping triage bug tickets and serving as a 2.8.x branch manager. He was elected to the Sakai Technical Coordination Committee in September 2011 and served as release manager for the Sakai 2.9 release.
Sam is a founding partner of Longsight, a company created to focus on supporting open-source applications for higher-ed. Sam graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in History and worked on an early generation of campus web applications. After college, Sam worked in New York City for interactive learning company ACTV and then as an educational technologist at Teachers College, Columbia University.