Samir Luther

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

I'm a digital product manager working on expanding eligibility for Capital One's banking products to the underbanked.

I'm passionate about financial inclusion, mobile technology, expanding internet access, and open data. I'm a Wikipedia editor and train others how to edit. In short, I do nerdy things and connect great people and ideas along the way.

I spent Summer 2014 at Jumia Kenya, a Rocket Internet e-commerce venture in my parents’ birthplace of Nairobi, Kenya, where I got to work with M-Pesa mobile payments, as well as internet backbone infrastructure.

At MIT, I worked with MIT's Mobile Experience Lab, co-led MIT's first-ever FinTech Conference, served as the graduate representative on the faculty committee advising the MIT Libraries, and helped form the "One MIT" graduate committee spanning MIT's five schools.

Prior to business school, I spent a decade in Washington, D.C., building leadership development programs working with local, state and federal government officials at the Victory Fund, where I helped more than 150 LGBT professionals attain presidential appointments across President Obama's administration.

From 2004-10, I ran the HRC Corporate Equality Index working with Fortune 1000 companies and AmLaw 200 law firms, and I was a nationally-recognized expert on transgender-inclusive health insurance and domestic partner/spousal employment benefits.

I love traveling and the outdoors -- I took this background photo from the inside of a glacial ice cave in Girdwood, Alaska, in 2009.

  • Work
    • capital one
  • Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Washington University in St. Louis