Samantha Boccia

Samantha Boccia is a program analyst on Vera’s Unlocking Potential team. Samantha graduated from Georgetown University in 2020, where she studied government, African American studies, and women and gender studies. The focal points of her academic pursuits were constitutionalism and the pervasive inequities Black Americans face, namely in the criminal legal system. While studying alongside students in the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program in the D.C. Jail through the university's Prisons and Justice Initiative, she witnessed the transformative power of education in prisons. The experience inspired her to become an outspoken prison reform advocate committed to ending mass incarceration and promoting access to high-quality postsecondary prison education. This advocacy drives her work on accreditation and technical assistance projects for postsecondary education in prison programs at Vera.