As the founding and managing director, Samuel oversees HKDC’s formation and launch and directs the organization’s advocacy and training.
Samuel was born and raised in Hong Kong and is the younger son of the Rev. Chu Yiu Ming, a veteran and leading pro-democracy organizer in Hong Kong who was the co-founder of Occupy Central that led to the Umbrella Movement in 2014 and was later tried, convicted, and sentenced for his role in leading the peaceful protest in 2019.
As National Organizer for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Samuel leads local and national advocacy campaigns around issues of food insecurity. While at MAZON, Samuel led the first-ever campaign that exposed the widespread practice of “lunch shaming” and successfully passed the nation’s first state ban on shaming practices in Minnesota in 2014. Since then, more than 15 states have either passed or have proposed similar legislation. Most recently, Samuel led the multi-year effort that elevated the problem of college hunger and student access to SNAP into national prominence, spurring more than 20 federal and state-related legislative proposals in the process.
Previously, Samuel was a fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He was also the founding President of OneLA-Industrial Areas Foundation, one of the nation’s largest broad-based organizing networks and served as the founding Executive Director of California Faith for Equality and California Faith for Equality Action Fund.
He holds a B.A. in political science from UC San Diego and an M.Div. in Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. Learn more about Samuel’s work at samuelmchu.com.