Sam has a BA in politics and government from Pacific University in Oregon. She has been working with social change and grassroots initiatives for more than ten years. From 2012 to 2015, she lived in Khon Kaen, Thailand, while working at CIEE’s study abroad program focused on globalization and development and then coordinated The Isaan Record, an independent online news blog. While in Thailand, Sam worked with the grassroots organization, ENGAGE, to bring four Thai anti-mining activists to Oaxaca, Mexico, where they exchanged experiences on anti-mining tactics and strategies. For the last three years, she has been part of the social enterprise Radical Grandma Collective. The collective is a group of mostly grandmas that have banded together in radical ways to fight a gold mine in their community in Thailand. Sam and her team sell the weavings online and at markets in the US.
- BA, Pacific University in Oregon