Sam is a nature enthusiast from Mendocino County, northern California. Having worked on social and environmental issues in California, El Salvador, and Ecuador, Sam advocates for public lands access and works to create inclusive outdoor recreation, environmental education, and conservation programs. In an effort to increase environmental stewardship, Sam emphasizes education and respect for nature. Sam holds a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).