Samer is the Interim Chief Executive Officer at BLCK VC, the national professional organization for Black venture investors working to close the racial wealth gap in venture capital. As Interim CEO, Samer leads the organization’s strategy development and execution, fundraising, and partnerships and manages the team. Before that, Samer was the Chief Program Officer at BLCK VC, overseeing the strategy and execution of BLCK VC’s programs and strategic initiatives to empower, educate, and connect Black existing and aspiring venture investors. Samer is BLCK VC’s first employee and previously served as Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff, Samer worked closely with the leadership team to develop the growth strategy, build organizational infrastructure, and expand the organization’s capacity.
Samer is also Managing Director of the Investors of Color, a consortium of Black, LatinX, Asian, and Ally investors building wealth by investing in high-growth companies serving communities of color. Previously, Samer was a Program Officer at VentureWell, providing strategic and programmatic leadership for both U.S. State Department early-stage venture and angel network development initiatives.