Sam Marinelli

Accounting Associate
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Sam’s passion for challenging corporate power started in a nutrition class at Simmons University. She learned many examples of corporations seeking profit at the expense of people’s lives and health—from Monsanto attempting to patent Indigenous seed varieties to Nestle aggressively marketing infant formula in the Global South, jeopardizing the health and well-being of children and mothers.

She knew that those stories were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the harm that corporations have in the world.

Since then, Sam has dedicated her career to social justice and serving communities in the Global South, especially women. She partnered with students at Ganesha University in Indonesia to create a business plan for an organization that would provide loans, financial literacy education, and other economic support to women in rural Bali. She also interned at the Consortium for Gender, Security, and Human Rights, curating research to better understand how feminist economies could help us move away from extractive capitalist systems. And before enrolling in graduate school, she ran operations at Razia’s Ray of Hope, an organization that provides accessible and comprehensive education to women and girls in Deh-Subz, Afghanistan.

At Corporate Accountability, Sam manages the organization’s accounting processes. She also supports critical operations functions from staff benefits to charity registrations to keeping Corporate Accountability’s global team connected.

She has a masters degree in international law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in International relations and economics at Simmons University. She also co-teaches a class at the Harvard Extension School on microeconomic theory. Her critique on corporate “pinkwashing” and “greenwashing” was published in The Fletcher School’s Climate Policy Lab.

In her free time, Sam organizes with the local LGTBQ+ community, tests out new dessert recipes (her apple cider donuts are a Corporate Accountability team favorite) and spends time with her two dogs, Bear and Falcon.

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