Samantha is passionate about creativity and social change. She founded the World Lens Foundation, which connects students from around the world through visual storytelling to promote empathy and cross-cultural collaboration. She has worked and consulted for various international film festivals and organizations, including Sundance, Tribeca, Washington West, and the Open Society Foundations. While completing her doctorate at American University, she taught undergraduates and collaborated on several research projects and publications focused on impact media, imagination, and participatory storytelling. She loves adventuring with her husband and son, Oregon Coast campfires, and all things NBA!