Samantha graduated from CSU in 2012 with a M.A. in Political Science, after receiving a B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University in 2010. In 2009, she was an intern with CSU’s Center for Multiscale Modeling Program, where she was mentored by Dr. Michele Betsill of the CSU Political Science Department, and started to learn about the movement of cities around the country to combat climate change. As a graduate student, Samantha continued this learning process, and gained skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis, research, and critical thinking that assisted her as an intern with the City of Fort Collins Environmental Service Department working on waste and air quality. Samantha credits her graduate degree, Master’s thesis, and experience working for the City with preparing her for her goal to work at her current position at Sustainable Jersey.
Since September 2012, Samantha has been the Municipal Program Coordinator for Sustainable Jersey, a non-profit voluntary certification program for municipalities and schools in sustainability in New Jersey. She is the primary point of contact for participants, provides technical assistance, maintains the organization’s websites and databases, and supports a variety of task forces. Samantha is also a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a junior board member of the inaugural YWCA Princeton NextGen Board, whose mission is to empower women and eliminate racism.