Founders & Staff
United by a passion for social justice & Michigan football, Scott Thomas & Sammy Politziner founded Arbor Brothers in 2009.
Sammy graduated from the University of Michigan and moved to New York City, where he taught second grade in the South Bronx with Teach for America and founded a small academic summer camp for his students. After a stint of world traveling, Sammy moved north for a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and then down south to teach at a KIPP school in North Carolina. Sammy returned to New York for a job in investment banking at Kildare Capital, a boutique firm, where he spent five years providing sell-side M&A and capital formation advice. Sammy serves as a director on the board of Exponent Philanthropy, the nation’s largest association of funders.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with an engineering degree, Scott began his career teaching middle school mathematics with Teach for America in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. He went on to earn an MBA from NYU, where he helped launch the nation’s first student-managed venture philanthropy fund. Scott then joined Lehman Brothers and later Neuberger Berman, where he managed investments in infrastructure and alternative energy companies. Scott serves on the New York and National Boards of Summer Search, a national youth development organization.
Scott Thomas & Sammy Politziner
Nick graduated from Brown University and moved to the Mississippi Delta, where he taught fourth grade math with Teach for America. He went on to lead the Sunflower County Freedom Project, a non-profit that prepares middle and high school students for college. Nick then left the Delta to join Pearson Education, where he worked on digital products and strategy through the company’s leadership development program. Nick serves on the board of the Freedom Project, lives in Brooklyn with his better half, Becca, and is learning to feign appreciation of Sammy and Scott’s humor.