For Immediate Release
October 11, 2013
Peg Neeson, Community Relations Director, 216-916-6152

Andrew Samtoy, an attorney and the co-founder of the international Cash Mobs movement, will join the Civic Commons ideastream as its Host/Producer. The Civic Commons is a civic engagement utility and consultancy serving community leaders, institutions and the growing desire of citizens to be engaged and empowered on key civic decisions. Its mission is to build conversations and connections that have the power to become informed, productive and collective civic action.

In his role, Samtoy will be responsible for convening and facilitating civic conversations in multiple media and public meetings. He will work to integrate engagement opportunities into ideastream content and assist with Civic Commons client projects. Samtoy joins Civic Commons on October 21, 2013.

Born in Lorain, Ohio and raised in southern California, Andrew comes to Civic Commons ideastream from Dworken & Bernstein, L.P.A. in Painesville where, since November 2008, he worked as a Litigation Associate.

In addition to his legal background, Samtoy has a range of experience in civic engagement projects. He is the co-founder of Cash Mobs, which started as a local project and is now being implemented internationally.  Cash Mobs is designed to bring an influx of people to small, local businesses to help drive revenue and awareness of the businesses.  Samtoy is also the founder of The Cleveland Salon, an initiative to bring people throughout Cleveland together to discuss key community issues; and The Charles Club, a public debating club that convenes people of opposing views for civil, constructive discourse.

Samtoy was recently named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a 2013 “Forty Under 40” honoree. He is also President of the 2013 Class of Cleveland Bridge Builders and received the David J. Akers Leadership Award from Bridge Builders in 2012. He currently serves on the Boards of the Cleveland Leadership Center and the Hispanic Business Center.

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