AREAs of expertise
Sam Salvesen joined Karp Strategies with robust experiences in urban planning, transportation research, and community journalism that have informed his creative approach to realizing economic development. Prior to Karp Strategies, Sam worked for the City of Gary, Indiana to finance projects as varied as improvements to railroad grade crossings, the redevelopment of an abandoned church, and the Gary Preservation Tour.
Sam combines his redevelopment experience with transportation research and writing skills. His work as a journalist covering an urban development beat in Rio de Janeiro pushed him to explore issues of public transportation, forced removals, and government policy leading up to the 2016 Olympics. At Karp Strategies, Sam supports community-economic development initiatives and analyses, and creates and executes community outreach strategies. He is currently supporting stakeholder engagement and the cost benefit analysis for a large-scale port infrastructure capital program.
Presently, Sam is in his second year at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University where he is pursuing a Master of City and Regional Planning with a concentration in real estate development. He holds a B.A. in economics and Latin American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sam is fluent in written and spoken Spanish and Portuguese.