Sam Driggers, CEcD is founder and principal of Global Frontiers, LLC, a Davis, California based cross-border Trade, Investment and Diplomacy consultancy. He was formerly Director of Special Projects with GlobalSF, a San Francisco based investment promotion agency (IPA) where he was responsible for forging strategic relationships between GlobalSF’s successful Trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) programs (i.e. ChinaSF, LatinSF, SFAsia) international partners, domestic agencies, trade and professional associations, foundations, enterprises, and governmental funding agencies. Driggers is a proud member of CALED and IEDC, serving as chair of the IEDC International Advisory Committee, 2019 and 2020.
Prior to joining GlobalSF, Driggers served in a directorships across California’s international economic development ecosystem including local and state government trade promotion agencies, regional and statewide ethnic chambers of commerce. Driggers has created and implemented innovative approaches to business retention and expansion, galvanized community support for removing barriers to development, investment and job growth, secured $2.37M in federal funding for multilateral trade and investment promotion initiatives. Driggers’ professional career began in Washington, D.C. interning for Ambassador Michael A. Samuels and then working on Capitol Hill, eventually transitioning to become ACDI-VOCA’s international agricultural development recruiter.
Driggers earned his Master’s degree in International Trade and Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and was recognized with a 2016 Alumni Service Award for his work in helping connect alumni to global employment prospects. His undergraduate degrees in Economic History and African Political Studies were earned at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa. Driggers specialized economic development education includes certificated course work through Oklahoma University’s, Economic Development Institute and the International Economic Development Council. In addition, Driggers has completed the Executive Education program, Leading Economic Growth, from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and earned an ECTS accredited Evidenced-Based Policy Research Methods Programme certificate from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Maastricht Economic and social Research institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), a joint research and training institute of the United Nations University and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Driggers is particularly interested in the importance of cross-border trade, investment and diplomacy connectivity among economic development organizations, in particular how these organizations facilitate global flows that ultimately lead to an increase economic prosperity among connected economies.