Samantha L. Cocco, MA

Administrative Specialist
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Samantha holds two degrees from John Carroll University: a bachelor of arts in Sociology and a master of arts in Nonprofit Administration. She has eleven years of experience in marketing, database and volunteer management, and event coordination. She has worked in nonprofit development, refugee resettlement and ESL instruction, and with her alma mater coordinating volunteer service and justice opportunities for college students.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she spent two years living on Pohnpei, a small Pacific island in the Federated States of Micronesia, as a Jesuit Volunteer. She volunteers as the Akron Women’s Facilitator for the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which offers spiritual retreats to men and women in recovery from homelessness and addiction, and is active in justice work.

Samantha's technical competencies include Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Google applications, social media, website management (WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, Weebly), email marketing (Constant Contact, MailChimp), survey design and administration (Wufoo, Gravity, Qualtrics), donor management (Raiser’s Edge, DonorSnap, DonorPerfect, GivePulse), photo storage and sharing, graphic and infographic design, and digital media.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? I became engaged in working on behalf of others in college – I worked with those experiencing homelessness and addiction, those who survive sexual and domestic violence, those who flee their home countries for fear of persecution, and others. I’ve continued to orient my life in the direction of working towards equality, justice, and reducing violence and poverty. This position is such a perfect fit for me as I’m able to utilize my skills as well as my passion for the issues on which our research and education focuses. Our research is so important in a world where we forget that we belong to one another.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? I am passionate about creating inclusive spaces that value diversity and equity. I spent two years in the Federated States of Micronesia as a full-time volunteer, and have also spent significant time working with resettled refugee families and individuals.