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Samantha O’Donnell

Community Manager

Building and sustaining meaningful relationships is the central goal in my life. When I realized I could do it as a career, I never looked back. As First Round’s Community Manager, I foster an environment where passionate folks can connect and learn from one another. My purpose is to make First Round’s resources as accessible to our network as possible, ensuring that our community members are continuously growing their skills and sharing their expertise. By leading meaningful conversations, hosting events, and engaging in community forums, I have the opportunity to interact with the outstanding individuals in our network and help them prosper in their careers.

Before joining the First Round team, I worked as a Resident Assistant at New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture, and Communications. During my time in college, I worked in various positions ranging from Social Media Marketing Director for NYU Residential Life to Product Manager for Clover at Fiserv. The common denominator between these different roles (and now my role at First Round) is a deep passion for building a community that strengthens a brand.

On a day off, you can find me walking around the city, taking film photographs, reading in Washington Square Park, or enjoying a new coffee shop.