SAMUEL TAYLOR, MSW is the Research Project Manager with LPSCC. Samuel provides advanced research and evaluation guidance to the Council to drive evidence-based policy-making for Multnomah County’s public safety system. In this role, Samuel convenes the Council’s diverse justice system partners on multi-disciplinary research projects that evaluate program performance and cost-effectiveness and provides analysis of program measures.

Prior to joining LPSCC, Samuel held various positions in applied research and policy settings, mostly recently with Department of Veterans Affairs’ Health Services Research and Development. He previously evaluated social policy interventions at the Center for Social Development and the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change at Washington University in St. Louis.

Samuel’s interest in criminal justice work took root while conducting graduate research with the Smart Decarceration Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, which strategized ways to create collaborative, multi-sector partnerships focused on evidence-based criminal justice reform. Samuel’s graduate thesis explored the effect of criminal justice and school sanctions in adolescence on civic engagement in young adulthood.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Samuel received a BA in psychology from Malone College and an MSW in social and economic development with a specialization in research from Washington University in St. Louis. When he leaves work, Samuel enjoys singing with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, hiking/camping his way through the PNW, and hanging with his two Torties, Sabah and Sofya.