Where politics meets placemaking.
Welcome to Hundred Place
Welcome to Hundred Place, where politics meets placemaking. We have nearly two decades of experience in navigating an organization’s political realities. We are experts at strategic relationship management and helping connect clients with the right audience.
Often there’s a gap between an organization’s priorities and its ability to advance those priorities with policymakers. Our job is to fill those gaps. We are interpreters between those creating the policy and the political leaders making the decisions to implement it.
Whether you’re focused on advocacy, strategic planning or telling your story, we’re experts at helping you identify and speak to your audience.
Meet The Founder
Samantha Harkins, the Founder and CEO of Hundred Place, has nearly two decades of experience navigating the politics in placemaking, most recently as Deputy Mayor in Lansing, Michigan. It all started, however, in her hometown of Hundred, West Virginia, current population 268. She received her J.D. and B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University, and she is a rabid Mountaineer fan.
Her love for communities began in her first position after law school as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Norfolk, Virginia. Fifteen years ago she moved to Michigan to work in local government policy in the Michigan House of Representatives. She left there to be Director of Government Relations at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and then spent 8½ years at the Michigan Municipal League.
She was a staff lobbyist for four years before being promoted to Director of State Affairs to lead the lobbying effort. She was ranked the state’s #2 lobbyist in 2011 and was named as a person to watch in politics by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2014. She was further promoted to President of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. She then transitioned to the private sector as Vice President of Government Relations at Munetrix, a data company working with schools and local governments.
In January 2018 she joined Mayor Andy Schor’s team as Chief of Staff and was promoted to Deputy Mayor 18 months later. While leading the Mayor’s team she focused on being the link between departments and community leaders and the executive team. She led a rebranding effort and helped spearhead the Mayor’s Vision 2030 (lansingforward.com). While with the City she participated in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and completed the Driving Government Performance Course through the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. She is a board member of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).
She lives in downtown Lansing with her husband and young son, and is an avid runner, reader and writer.
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