Samantha Stevens

Events Associate

About Samantha

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill

Samantha is a dedicated event-planning professional. She is fulfilled by the work that she does to bring visions to life for her clients, team, and audience. Samantha has years of experience in events along with an extensive record of attention to detail, creativity, and innovation.

Before joining Collaborative, Samantha worked as an Events Associate at Axios. In this role, she coordinated and supported over 140 events, focusing on topics including education, healthcare, technology, and more. She lead outreach for high-level events to thought-leaders,CEOs, and members of Congress. Prior to Axios, she interned with the Americans for the Arts meetings and events team.

Samantha grew up in Jersey City, NJ. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and strategic communications from American University.

Eliza Panike

Senior Associate

About Eliza

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” ― Fred Rogers

Eliza has long understood that strong, vibrant communities are built by providing young people the tools and resources they need to succeed. For the last decade, she has built her career supporting government and non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. Most recently, she developed key messaging and content for delivering Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews to parents and caregivers. Prior to that, she provided support to California’s First 5 system through program management, event planning, and public policy campaigns.

Eliza excels at project management and will be using her skills to create effective communications campaigns for her clients.

Born and raised in Northern California, Eliza currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development from San Francisco State University.

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