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Sam Fishman

Sustainability and Resilience Policy Manager


Climate policy, resilient cities, equitable building decarbonization

Sam Fishman is SPUR's sustainability and resilience policy manager, leading work in building decarbonization and equitable climate action. Prior to SPUR, Sam worked on policy research around the world aimed at reducing poverty and driving sustainable economic development. He worked at both World Bank and UC Berkeley on economic research, where he specialized in comparative cost evaluation methods, and the intersection of technology, data science, and economic research. He successfully worked with organizations like USAID to shape development strategy, as well as country governments and nonprofits responding to economic turmoil in the wake of the COVID pandemic. Sam began his international work in Western Kenya where he coordinated a large study on impacts of unconditional cash transfers.


Sam holds a M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a M.A. in History from the University of Chicago. In his free time, Sam loves to hike and bike, read histories and novels, go to classic movies at the Roxie Theater, and swim in the Bay.