Regional Philanthropy Advisor; Southeast
Mrs. Samuelson brings both public and private sector experience to the Excellence in Giving portfolio. She rose to leadership in the North Carolina House of Representative serving as Majority Conference Leader and chair of both the Banking and Environment Committees. Her years of public sector service were recognized in numerous awards but most notably by the governor of North Carolina with the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” the state’s highest commendation for public service. To set the stage for those political years, Ruth worked as a personal philanthropist, advisor to other donors, and as a board member for numerous local and national organizations. A licensed real estate broker, foster/adoptive parent and former securities/insurance agent, Ruth was featured in Laws of Lifetime Growth, a national best seller on leadership by Dan Sullivan.
Yet, with all her civic, political and professional responsibilities, Ruth still considers her commitment to be a loving wife to Ken and a caring mother of four adult children and two grandchildren as her primary responsibility and greatest delight.