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. In addition to co-leading Arbor Brothers, Sammy serves as a director on the board of Exponent Philanthropy, the nation’s largest association of funders.