Sami H. Elmansoury is an American political activist, entrepreneur, orator, and community leader. While a student at Rutgers University, Elmansoury co-founded the Human Development Project, an apolitical organization dedicated to Judeo-Muslim unity through the shared values of improving one’s world and empowering communities through service. In 2005, he was the first recipient of the People of the Book Award, presented by Rutgers University for his persistent work in bridge-building, for promoting a stronger appreciation for the strength in America’s diversity, and for positively altering the campus climate.
In 2008 and 2009, Elmansoury actively served with national and state political campaigns, each time focusing in part on the strengthened involvement of traditionally disenfranchised groups, and on the importance of protecting quality education. In 2010, he was one of just 70 young people nationwide to be invited into the Department of State’s Generation Change initiative, which included an inaugural reception hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 2012, Elmansoury served as a US delegate to the Transatlantic Young Leaders Forum in Berlin, Germany – sponsored by the BMW Foundation. The same year, he participated in an invitational youth conference on global interfaith conflict resolution and Muslim-Jewish relations in Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria.
A committed entrepreneur, Elmansoury is Founder, President and CEO of Precision Learning, a company dedicated to revolutionizing educational opportunities by providing exceptional quality, accessibility, and excellence in higher education training and exam preparation to companies, government agencies, academic institutions, and individuals of all ages and backgrounds alike.
An avid writer and public orator, Elmansoury has spoken at events and major conferences throughout the United States, and has been featured in various media outlets. He also serves on the boards of several local and national organizations, including on the Executive Board of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of New York City and on the Advisory Board of the New Leaders Council of New Jersey, dedicated to advancing social entrepreneurship and to the mentorship of youth of all backgrounds. His essay, The Exodus of Fear: Redefining Patriotism through Legacy, appears in the new book, All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim, released earlier this year.
Elmansoury graduated from Rutgers University in 2006, and currently resides in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, where he serves as Mayor Designee on the Marlboro Township Planning Board and as Vice President of the township’s Democratic Party. His grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, when his grandfather served as a Project Engineer with the Apollo 11 mission that sent Neil Armstrong to the Moon.