Ian Charles Sams

Ian is from Johnson City, where he graduated with honors from Providence Academy. He is the son of Rob and Pam Sams. Ian graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama with a degree in political science.

At the University of Alabama, Ian was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa honorary and was named a fellow in the prestigious Blackburn Institute. He served as an SGA Senator and as SGA Communications Director and was president of the UA College Democrats. He completed internships with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in Washington, D.C. and the Regional Alliance for Economic Development (TN/VA). He studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium, where he focused on international alliances and the European court system.

Ian has nearly nine years experience in political communications, from Capitol Hill to presidential campaigns. Most recently, he was National Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’s primary campaign for president. Before that, he was communications director for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s re-election campaign in Virginia in 2018 and for former Congressman Tom Perriello’s primary campaign for governor of Virginia in 2017. He was one of the earliest communications hires on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, ultimately serving as a regional communications director in the general election. Previously, he was a regional press secretary at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., and press secretary for U.S. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware.

He is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs with HHS in the White House Administration. He manages HHS communications on the COVID response. Ian resides in Washington, D.C.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


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