Sam is a committed advocate for economic and racial justice. Before joining GRACE, Sam was the Deputy Director of the Texas House Democratic Caucus. As the Caucus’ Deputy Director, Sam worked in coalitions to protect voter’s rights, expand access to healthcare, and prevent regressive tax policy from leaving the House floor. While living in Texas, Sam coordinated grassroots-led mutual aid efforts and served as guardian ad litem for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County.
Since moving to the Bay Area, Sam has worked with the Anti-Police Terror Project and UC Berkeley’s Policy Advocacy Clinic to support local and statewide policy efforts to reimagine our criminal legal system and abolish fees and fines. Sam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School and is thrilled to join GRACE as a Senior Policy Associate in the campaign to end child poverty.