Samantha Chavez

Born in Mexico but a long-time Nebraska resident, Samantha is passionate about building relationships in the community to address issues of concern and find solutions. A first-generation college graduate, Samantha earned her Bachelor Degree in Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). She decided to study social work after learning about sex trafficking and other forms of abuse and has since used her degree to take action to advocate on issues affecting the community. Samantha enjoys learning new skills and has a strong interest in civic engagement, immigration and education.

Samantha has been involved with Civic Nebraska as a polling place observer to protect voter rights, interned at Nebraska Appleseed to work with immigrant communities and has worked at the Heartland Workers Center as a community organizer. Samantha believes that if we want change, each of us must take action. She has spoken about the importance of being an active participant in democracy, urged local city council members to support a DACA resolution and shared her experience and advocated for comprehensive sex education so that people understand how to prevent and reduce STI’s, teen pregnancies and lead a healthy lifestyle.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, resting and spending time with her friends and family.