Sam Bowden joined CAIR-FL to bring thoughtful consideration, and rationality to the needlessly contentious discourses that all too often lead to misunderstanding, defamation, and bigotry toward American Muslims and Islam. She has extensive research, media relations and advocacy experience in public affairs which she brings to bear in her role as Communications and Outreach Director. Her work can be seen in prominent outlets such as the Boston Globe, USA Today, Salon.com, The Guardian, Tampa Bay Times, Sun-Sentinel, Washington Times, among others.
Prior to joining CAIR-FL, Sam served as the Research Associate to one of Florida’s top PR firms, Tucker/Hall, Inc. There her research focused on client needs in the arena of public affairs. Leading up to her work at Tucker/Hall, Inc., Sam served as a community organizer with the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) managing a successful 10,000 new-voter registration drive in East Tampa, as well as ‘Get out the Vote’ (GOTV) efforts ahead of the 2012 presidential election.
Upon the completion of her studies, Sam moved to Washington, DC to complete The Washington Center’s federal internship program which matches graduating collegiate scholars with federal agencies that match their interests. During her four-month tenure at the U.S. Small Business Administration, she focused on local growth strategies and the process of small business lending as a financial exams analyst within the Department of Entrepreneurial Development.
Sam Bowden is a well-respected progressive advocate in Tampa who has worked with elected officials, activists and opinion shapers to engage community members and leaders in increased dialogue about local community issues. Her upbringing was a mixture of Islam and Christianity in a law enforcement household leading to an affinity for cross-cultural and interfaith understanding within a legalistic framework. Sam holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Geography from the University of South Florida.
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