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Samantha Slade

Director of Communications

Pronouns: She/Her


  • M.L.I.S. in Library Sciences: Clarion University
  • B.A. in Contemplative Visual Arts: Naropa University

About Samantha Slade

Samantha Slade is RFA’s Director of Communications. She has over 15 years experience in web and visual design, with extensive training in fine arts, digitization, user interface design and working with primary source material. Her extensive experience in higher education includes communications for admissions and advancement offices, as well a faculty-level appointment as an academic librarian.

Slade has deep experience in communications and design for national and local nonprofits and universities. She spent most of the decade prior to joining RFA as an independent creative contractor. Projects ranged from comprehensive website design, to branding and identity, to collateral for special events, to fundraising campaigns, and beyond. Her work is firmly rooted in an ongoing quest for authentic expression, and she believes that information carries more value in our visual culture when it is presented cleanly and elegantly. She is currently working on a new brand for the organization, and also recently oversaw the launch of this website!

  • A fun fact about me...

    I am currently working on an Illustrated Journalism and Memoir certificate through the New School.

  • I can't stop talking about...

    The positive mental and physical benefits of acupuncture!

  • I'm a real nerd about...

    Supporting independent musicians.

Recent Posts by Samantha Slade


The Process of Crafting Equity Metrics and Selecting Priority Populations in Ohio’s Community College Outcomes-Based Funding Formula Introduction

How do states craft policies that address the specific equity challenges they face? RFA’s OBF Equity Toolkit is designed to answer that question by providing concrete, practical information on how six states developed and implemented OBF policies that factored in equity. The Toolkit’s Series 2:  Policy Development and Redesign shows why the process of policy development is so important. ​In the … Continued