Carolyn Casey, Founder & Executive Director
Carolyn’s passion for social justice and belief in the unlimited potential of young people inspired her vision for Project 351. She seeks to develop a rising generation of “community-first” leaders through service that uplifts, unites, and transforms communities from the child up. Carolyn strives to model the Project 351 values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude in her daily life and inspires those around her to do the same.
Sam Carson, Director of Strategy and Operations
As director of strategy and operations, Sam is responsible for spearheading Project 351’s long-term strategic plan and managing Project 351’s day-to-day operations. Sam worked with educators from across Massachusetts to recruit and select the first class of Project 351 eighth grade Ambassadors in 2011 and has been involved with Project 351 as a volunteer ever since. Prior to joining our staff, Sam spent four years working for Governor and Project 351 Honorary Co-Founder Deval Patrick. Sam planned and staffed Governor Patrick's public events and managed a program to build parks in urban neighborhoods across the Commonwealth. Sam lives in Cambridge, in the same neighborhood where he was born and raised.
Amanda Keller, Civic Engagement Manager
Amanda entered the nonprofit world through internships during her time at Boston University. Her first internship was for BUILD Boston, an entrepreneurship-based program that helps high school students graduate and get into college, while equipping them with the skills to succeed in the business world. Here she saw the incredible light and potential that young people possess when equipped with the tools and resources they need to be successful. From there she interned at a number of nonprofits, including Fresh Truck, one of Project 351's closest partners, and Action on Poverty, an international development NGO based in Sydney, Australia during her time abroad. Upon graduating from BU with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Amanda began working as Civic Engagement Manager at Project 351, inspired by Project 351's optimism and unwavering belief in the potential of young people. Amanda's first day of work was Launch Day 2017, and she has experienced the Ambassador journey alongside the Class of 2017. She will always be grateful for the Class of 2017's kindness, hard work, and patience as she learned the ropes!