Sam Hasty is a Founding Partner and Director of Finance at LITE; a 501(c) 3 in Memphis that empowers Black and Latinx students with the skills to create wealth in their communities long-term. After beginning his career as a middle school mathematics teacher through Teach For America, Sam completed a year in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar, where he taught and conducted research on entrepreneurship development and financing to new ventures in rural areas. Over the last several years, Sam has also served as an angel investor to several private companies in aerospace, agriculture, cyber security, manufacturing and biotechnology. Sam holds a B.A. from Rutgers University in Political Science and Economics and a M.S. in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University.