Samara believes strongly in the power of human cooperation and collaboration and is passionate about community engagement, DEI, and fair representation. She has a BA degree in Organizational Communication from Washington State University and an MBA from Oregon State University. She is an experienced public speaker and loves giving presentations.
Samara also sings and plays guitar for a Portland, OR-based rock band and has performed for crowds across the Pacific Northwest. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA, with her wife, daughter, chihuahua, and two cats. A big fan of science fiction movies and pizza, Samara sometimes enjoys running.