We are pleased to welcome Samantha Miller to Conservation Voters for Idaho (CVI) as our new Program Associate. In this position, Sam will support the Boards & Commissions Fellowship, as well as supporting forwarding CVI’s issue advocacy goals around clean energy and public lands.
Sam grew up in Seattle, first finding her love of the outdoors within the water: swimming, canoeing, and playing on the beach. Her older sister, a field biologist, inspired her to see the outdoors in a new light, finding beauty in everything. Her love of the natural world deepened after studying in Hawaii, spending free time in the mountains and learning about the sacred role of the Earth in Native Hawaiian politics and culture. She earned her degree from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in political science, focusing on environmental issues and racial equity.
Sam joins CVI and the world of climate advocacy after advocating for the elimination of nuclear weapons. She was previously the Junior Partner for Narratives & Partnerships at Global Zero, the international movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons – a cause she cared deeply about due to the effects of nuclear weapons on impacted communities and biodiversity. There, she helped manage communications work and supported building grassroots campaigns.
Sam is especially excited to support the growth of the Fellowship, having been an Ignite Change Fellow at EMILY’s List in 2022 and a passionate ally in dismantling barriers to civic engagement. She’s also looking forward to continuing working on creating the political environment to address the existential threats that we face – from nuclear weapons to climate change – and build the foundations for a better world for future generations.