Siobhan “Sam” Bennett is the former President/CEO of the Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF). In 2008, Sam ran one of the most exciting challenger campaigns for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th district. A first-time congressional candidate, she garnered national attention with her fundraising skills and won the endorsements of over forty national organizations. Though ultimately losing her race to incumbent Charles Dent, she obtained more votes than any other Democratic candidate in the district’s history and raised more money than any local Democrat had ever raised for that seat. Sam first ran for political office in 2001, when she nearly defeated long-time State Senator Roy Afflerbach in the Allentown mayoral race – losing by only 46 votes in PA’s third largest city.
Her experience as a female candidate as well as her leadership at WCF has given Sam a wealth of knowledge about the unique experiences of women in politics. Sam has appeared on MSNBC, FOX, and PBS networks as well as quoted in POLITICO and ElectWomen Magazine.
In 2004, Sam took the position of Lehigh Valley Regional Field Director for America Coming Together (ACT), a 501(c)(4) non-partisan voter registration group helping lead the effort that resulted in PA-15 being the top performing swing region in the country. In addition to her political pursuits, Sam is the founder and former Statewide Director/CEO of Properties of Merit of PA, Inc., a non-profit organization that works to spur citizen involvement and “bottom-up” private and public investment in the critical work of revitalizing communities.
Sam spent her teenage years in Singapore and Vietnam, while her stepfather was acting administrator of the Barsky Unit in Saigon, Vietnam which provided plastic surgery to war injured children. Sam lived all over the Vietnam before attending SUNY Oneonta in New York as a Regents Scholar.
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
The American Prospect [August 13, 2010]
MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews
[January 20, 2010]
Fox's America's News HQ with Shannon Bream
[January 7, 2010]
PBS' To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe
[June 26, 2009 and September 4, 2009]
Women's Campaign Forum Gets to the Root of the Problem - More Women Should Run for Office
ElectWomen Magazine [July 26, 2009]