Sam Smouha is the program manager for commercial revitalization, working with the Department of Small Business Service’s Avenue NYC program in South Richmond Hill. Sam is now conducting a commercial district needs assessment of the Liberty Avenue and 101st Avenue corridors, engaging property owners, business owners, residents, and community stakeholders to determine the local needs and priorities for the community.
Having grown up on Long Island, he came to know Queens through his grandparents living in Jackson Heights. He is passionate about supporting small businesses, and appreciates the cultural impacts that they have in Queens’ neighborhoods.
Sam earned his Master’s in Urban Planning at Hunter College and his Bachelor’s in Urban Studies at Vassar College. As an artist and filmmaker, he believes in using creativity as a tool for community engagement and development. Sam is currently a Co-chair of the Arts & Culture Committee of the American Planning Association’s New York Metro chapter. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org