Before joining BSR, Sam worked on the Climate Action Network policy team, where she drove the development of common positions for hundreds of NGOs during international climate negotiations, focusing in particular on short-term mitigation action, a long-term global goal, climate finance, and low-carbon technology. Sam was previously at the NGO Islands First, advising Pacific small island states on climate change and oceans policy. She began her career as one of the first paralegals in the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sam holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.