About Us

Bobbi and Vic Samuels

Founded in 2015, The Samuels Family Foundation is a Houston-based family foundation that supports organizations making a meaningful and measurable impact in the areas of education, children in need, Jewish life and social justice.

The Samuels Family Foundation was created by Vic and Bobbi Samuels, their children and their sons’ spouses. Vic and Bobbi have spent their entire adult lives improving education, building organizations, and investing in family. After a stint as a history teacher, Vic became a serial entrepreneur with successful businesses in the packaging, building products, and furniture industries. Bobbi started her career as a high school English teacher and spent decades as a professor of children’s literature.

Both Bobbi and Vic spent a substantial part of their energy and time on community projects. They started their Houston involvement in founding and leading Citizens for Good Schools (CGS) in the 1960’s, the political group that led the integration and modernization of the Houston Independent School District. Over the years, a sampling of their leadership positions includes: the Jewish Community Center, Houston Achievement Place, A+ Challenge, the Children’s Museum, the Houston Zoo, United Way, the Leo Baeck School, and Brandeis University.