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.  Though she has notable professional accomplishments, you might hear her say that her crowning achievement is that time she made Michael Phelps laugh.

Sam moved to Phoenix from South Africa, where she was born and raised in the same town from which hail Boy Scouts and the Lion King soundtrack. She graduated from Kingswood College, following which she moved to the United States to attend university. She rarely misses home but when she does, it’s because American tea is almost never the right temperature.