Sam spent the first years of her career in federal advocacy for higher education, working in Phoenix and in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. in Political Science & Sustainability from Arizona State University and is currently working toward a master’s degree in public administration.  

Before moving to the United States,  Sam graduated from Kingswood College in Grahamstown, South Africa. She doesn't get to visit South Africa as often as she would like to but when she does, it's so that she can buy effusive amounts of Bakers Zoo Biscuits.