Sammie Wicks works as an Interventions Manager for Moonshot, where he leverages experiences at the intersection of public safety, public policy, and public health. Before joining Moonshot, Sammie spent 13 years in public safety serving as a law enforcement officer in Tennessee and Colorado, working as a patrol officer, investigator, co-responder, and targeted violence and terrorism prevention practitioner. Sammie’s public safety career also included him working as a Senior Program Manager at the National Policing Institute’s Center for Targeted Violence Prevention.
Sammie has worked in diverse communities across the United States, building violence prevention networks and programs. Sammie has expertise in mental health crisis intervention and response, multidisciplinary violence prevention, behavioral threat assessment, community outreach, and partnership building.
Sammie has previously served as a Data and Research Task Force member on the Colorado Governor’s Human Trafficking Council. Sammie also serves as a Colorado Preventing Targeted Violence team and an adjunct criminology professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Sammie’s research focuses on transnational organized crime in diaspora communities, terrorist propaganda, and violent social movements. He holds an M.A. in International Security with a Middle Eastern and North African Religious and Political Thought specialization from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He also holds a B.A. in History from Rhodes College.
The Summit unites the public and private sectors, domestic and international, against hate and extremism. Researchers, activists, lawyers, technology experts, political leaders, and more come together, each bringing their unique tools to the fight. Important relationships that were established at the Summit in 2021 have carried forward into working groups with concrete deliverables for 2022 and beyond.