Samantha McCann has worked with the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) since late 2013. As Director of Communities, she directs SJN's online presence, as well as the growth of its city-based communities around the world. Previously, she worked in environmental and fiscal policy research at Seattle University. She has researched and published on sentencing and drug policy, racial bias in crime reporting, and the impact of a criminal record on earnings upon reentry. She has published in The Journal of International Affairs, Scholastic, The Guardian, PRI, & others, and authored the text of an award-winning photography book, Columbia University in Pictures. She holds a M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in political science from Seattle University.