Sami Thurber was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a major in global public health. Before becoming the current FocusFirst National Director, Sami served as a FocusFirst Coordinator for Impact in Birmingham, Alabama.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love listening to Birmingham’s local NPR station 90.3 WBHM, reading stories on The Bitter Southerner, and taking my hyperactive golden doodle on walks. His name is Gumbo.