Catalina Samper-Horak is a highly experienced non-profit executive, community leader and social sector entrepreneur. A seasoned collaborator across sectors, she was the founder and first executive director of Building One Community (B1C) based in Stamford, Connecticut. B1C launched as Neighbors Link Stamford and was established to address the needs of low-income immigrants. After stepping down from B1C, she served as interim CEO of 4-CT and organization created to address the needs of CT’s most vulnerable residents disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Catalina is on the board of Americares Free Clinic, and the investment committee of Social Venture Partners-CT. In May of 2022 she joined the board of CT-Public, the only state-wide public media station, serving local citizens through Connecticut Public Radio (an NPR affiliate station) and Connecticut Public Television (a PBS affiliate station), as well as through our many digital and online platforms. Born and raised in Colombia, Samper-Horak has lived and worked in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Switzerland and the USA, bringing a robust portfolio of experience working in the non-profit sector across countries. Samper-Horak holds an M.S. in Genetics and Plant Breeding from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; an M.A. in Non- Profit Management from The New School, New York, NY; and a BS in Biology from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia