Social Work Advocate. Activist. Human.

With nearly a decade of social work experience, Samantha engaged in direct service work, statewide advocacy, and program support. Samantha (they/them) is a passionate activist and social justice advocate. Social work and community engagement is what guides Samantha in everything they do personally and professionally. They have worked with varying communities from children to hospice patients, though her passion lies in lgbtqia+ rights (focusing on trans* rights), reproductive justice, immigration reform, prison reform, and youth development. They enjoy spending time with their dog, family, and nature. You will see them thriving the most in life through political work, volunteering, and hiking.  

Samantha's  presentation and training portfolio
Samantha works at Texas Homeless Network at the Statewide Initiatives Manager. Previously, Samantha worked as the LGBTQ Victim Services Specialist helping to cultivate program capacity building for best practices and equal access for LGBTQ survivors in North Carolina. She specializes in training education and technical assistance support to family violence providers, homeless service providers, and LGBTQ organizations. Both in and beyond work, Samantha has been recognized statewide for her political engagement. They received the Andrew Marks Student Advocacy Award in 2018 for their work in LGBTQ+ and reproductive justice rights.

Samantha graduated from Texas State University with a Master of Social Work with major in Advanced Practice Leadership degree in August 2018. Samantha graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in August 2017, with honors, magna cum laude. They completed their honors thesis, linked above in the "works" section, in Spring 2017. 

Samantha's career started in volunteering. In 2004, Samantha and their sister ran and organized the Cedar Park Relay for Life. In 2005, Samantha was honored to be invited to the Youth Leadership Conference for the American Cancer Society. For many years Samantha volunteered with endless nonprofits such as animal welfare organizations, cancer organizations and hospice care. Samantha began their professional career in 2011 at the National Dating Abuse Helpline. Since then, they have worked in domestic violence programs, a drug rehabilitation center, and youth services. 

Samantha's long-term goal is to work with communities to empower people while advocating for vulnerable populations.
Direct Client Services
Samantha has worked with clients in crisis intervention, case management, and community support in hotlines, shelters, and a drug rehabilitation center.
Program Planning Experience
Samantha has planned, organized, and executed community programs of varying degrees such as family engagement nights, farmers markets, and education programs for schools in Central Texas.
Volunteer Management
Samantha has assisted nonprofits in organizing, retaining, and recruiting volunteers for programs for events and ongoing volunteer opportunities.