Sam Polk

I am a former hedge fund trader, the author of the book For the Love of Money, cofounder and CEO of Everytable, a social enterprise that sells fresh, delicious meals at prices everyone can afford, and the founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a nonprofit that helps low-income families struggling with food-related illnesses like obesity and diabetes.

For The Love of Money is about my awakening to a new definition of success, one that includes an intentional contribution to the world. On Wall Street I pursued my personal ambitions. And while I haven’t forsaken those, I have come to understand that fulfillment comes from doing work I care about, that improves the world, and helps people who need it.

My mission is to help foster inclusive capitalism that works for everyone. I believe that businesses are for solving problems, but they’ve become something that creates problems by externalizing costs and funneling all their profits to those at the very top. I want to be part of creating a new economy that harnesses the dynamism of capitalism and also fosters the connectedness of a true democracy in which every vote and every voice counts the same.

I graduated from Columbia University in 2002 with a BA in English and hold the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. My writing has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and CNBC.com.

I live in Los Angeles with my wife and daughter, and soon our son.