Samara is a first-generation Chicana born in the United States, with a transnational upbringing between her ancestral home of Michoacán, Mexico and occupied Coast Salish territory, or what is known as Western Washington. Samara holds a B.A in Urban Planning and Sustainability Development, with a specialization in Environmental Justice and Education, from Western Washington University. During her undergrad, Samara focused on the intersection between ethnic studies, sustainability and urban planning, to develop a spatial justice framework to her work. She is also 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. 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.