Sam Dyson


Science in Society Funder Collaborative Civic Science Fellow



Sam Dyson is the Science in Society Funder Collaborative Civic Science Fellow. Based at the Rita Allen Foundation, he plays a connective role among the six members of the Collaborative–the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Kavli Foundation, and the Rita Allen Foundation. His fellowship is focused on the collective learning needed for the Funder Collaborative to help build strong, diverse, and inclusive connections between science and civic life.

For ten years, Sam taught high-school physics, receiving the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. As a nonprofit leader, he directed a professional learning network that equipped more than 200 organizations and 500 educators to expand out-of-school learning opportunities for more than 20,000 Chicago youth. Sam earned a B.A. in physics from Yale and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.