Samara Almonte is a first-generation Chicana, raised primarily in the Pacific Northwest (occupied Coast Salish territory), with ancestral ties to Michoacán, Mexico.
Samara holds a B.A in Urban Planning and Sustainability Development, with a specialization in Environmental Justice, from Western Washington University. During her time at WWU, Samara was active in many student organizations, including the student and staff coalition that established the first Environmental Justice minor within the university in 2019. Samara is a Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program alumni, from the University of Michigan and a recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award for 2019-2020. Outside of her professional life,
Samara is the creator and host of the podcast Raíces Verdes (Green Roots), which focuses on validating, archiving, and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color in connection to the environment. To learn more about the podcast visit nuestrasraicesverdes.com