Scholar Class – 2014
Samir Luther grew up in Missouri, and he is a proud graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. The day that President George W. Bush endorsed the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004, Samir applied to work at the Human Rights Campaign. From 2004-10, he ran HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), partnering with Fortune 1000 companies and AmLaw 200 law firms to recruit and retain talented LGBT workers, to implement inclusive policies and benefits and to advocate for LGBT non-discrimination laws. In addition to the CEI, he authored “Transgender Inclusion In the Workplace, 2nd Edition” and led the organization’s research and advocacy on same-sex partner and spousal benefits, as well as transgender-inclusive health insurance. From 2010-13, Samir managed the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute’s (Victory) recruitment and leadership development programs for LGBT leaders. In addition to running Victory's Presidential Appointments Project, he created the Victory Congressional Internship for LGBTQ students. Samir also spearheaded a partnership between Victory and the U.S. Agency for International Development to launch Victory's first political participation trainings outside of the United States.
As an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management from 2013-2015, Samir is focusing on operational excellence and change management through data analytics. He is passionate about sustainable economic development through information and communication technology and financial inclusion. Find Samir on Twitter at @samirluther.