Samuel Pinion is a New York-based philanthropist and volunteer with a passion for education, as well as a Vice President at Rialto Capital Management. Samuel, who was raised in West Virginia, quickly realized the privilege his private education afforded him. Unlike other people from his community, his stellar education allowed him social mobility and countless professional and personal opportunities. Samuel was also fortunate enough to work with a mentor who helped him successfully prepare for college—an advantage that many children living in low socioeconomic neighbors seldom receive.
Recognizing his privilege, Samuel has now dedicated himself to organizations and nonprofits that help to reshape the current narrative surrounding education. He is a Graphite Board Member for Pencils of Promise, as well as a Board Member and Organizer for Friends of Will. Samuel is also a volunteer at iMentor New York where he helps children succeed academically beyond secondary school.