Samanda E. Morales, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, has been appointed to the Salem State University Board of Trustees by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. A Salem State University alumna, Morales brings over 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting industry to her role as a trustee.
Morales is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Ahora Inc., a social enterprise non-profit organization that teaches financial education, helps to guide money management, and builds self-reliance and financial confidence. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Salem State in 1998 and is completing her Master of Business Administration at Northeastern University.
“I am humbled to serve as a Trustee at Salem University, the same organization which empowered me with an education that continues to advance opportunity and economic growth for thousands of students and alumni across the nation,” said Morales.
“Trustee Morales’ significant achievements and success in the financial industry, along with her commitment to serving the community, make her an exceptional addition to our Board of Trustees,” said Chair Rob Lutts. "I know that Trustee Morales’s talent, skill and dedication will go far in our efforts to ensure that Salem State continues to thrive as a place of opportunity in the region of for generations to come.”
Morales was sworn in as a Salem State University Board of Trustees member on April 7, 2022. She currently serves on the Finance and Facilities Committee and the Advancement Committee.
Prior to co-founding Ahora Inc., Morales was a consultant at M.B.S. LLC, Management & Strategy Advisory. She previously spent 18 years at Bank of New York Mellon, serving in the accounting group, the daily valuation and implementation group, and most recently, as project manager – accounting service. Morales began her finance career at State Street Bank & Trust Company.
Dedicated to community service, Morales serves on the boards of the Bethany Congregational Church in Lynn and as a member of the North Shore Chamber’s Thrive Advisory Council. Morales is the co-founder and past CEO and president of The Jolgorio de Mass Inc., a non-profit that advanced leadership among Latino youth by supporting and funding educational programs in Boston.