Chief Strategic Officer and Senior Vice President
Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, non-profit, civic and business leader – is best known nationally for her passion at the intersect of women’s leadership and social justice.
The second longest serving CEO of the first national organization to financially support women when they run for office, Washington D.C.’s bi-partisan Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run, Bennett is now honored to be the Chief Strategic Officer and Senior Vice-President of Legal Momentum, the nation’s first and oldest legal defense and education fund for women. Charged with ensuring Legal Momentum’s half a century of impact is showcased leading up to it’s 50th Anniversary and beyond, she is honored to work with its acclaimed CEO, staff and Board of Directors in charting the course of its next fifty years of protecting and expanding the physical and economic security of our nation's women and girls.
Her nationally renowned initiative 'Name It. Change It.' fighting political sexism against women was born out of Bennett’s 2008 run for U.S. Congress where she was one of the most endorsed challengers in the nation, with an historic number of votes and money raised. A small business owner and past Fortune 500 nationally ranked executive, Bennett’s former political career began in 2001 when she was recruited by Republican and Democratic leaders to run for Mayor of Allentown where she lost by 46 votes to a 20 year political incumbent. Leading the top performing swing region in the country in the 2004 Kerry Bush faceoff, and chairing her region’s political party to its first-ever sweeps, Bennett’s leadership is always marked by exceptional results.
Consistent is Bennett’s success in raising funds and awareness for causes she believes in coupled with strategic, data informed approaches that stand the test of time. The co-founder of The Freedom Memorial, the only one in the world commemorating both Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King – Bennett strives to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
Transcending being sexually trafficked in her youth, Bennett now is in demand as a national expert and media voice – from Bangladesh to Brussels, from FOX News to PBS, with her many awards range from 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award from the African-American Improved Benevolent Protective Order Elks of the World to serving as a Keynote Panelist for the European Union’s 2013 CEE Network for Gender Issues Conference to being honored as Women ENews Top 21 Women in the Nation in 2012.