Samantha Shattuck, of Sacramento, California, has dedicated her career to environmental justice and equal protection and representation for all. Samantha has pursued a public education, including a dual degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in US race and labor history and environmental studies, and a master's in environmental justice and environmental policy, with a certificate in environmental health and risk assessment, from the University of Michigan. Her focus on equity brought her to the most significant issue of our time —climate change and specifically, climate justice.
From 2016-2018, Samantha served as the Chair of the Youth Perspectives on Climate Change workgroup, the first youth-led advisory workgroup under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Following this work, Samantha has stayed engaged on climate justice issues through the American Public Health Association (APHA) Environmental Justice subcommittee, planning and presenting at climate justice summits and co-authoring an official policy statement on environmental justice.
Local action is important to Samantha as well. While living in Michigan, Samantha worked with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, and volunteered with We the People of Detroit and Flint, going door to door during their respective water crises to ensure the public had access to safe water.
Now in Cincinnati, Ohio, Samantha contributed to the production of the City of Cincinnati's five-year sustainability plan, focused on resiliency and the health impacts of climate change. Samantha is a Public Health Specialist at the EPA Office of Research and Development, through Pegasus Technical Services, an on-site contractor. In this position, she evaluates the potential health impacts of proposed environmental projects, including brownfield redevelopment and habitat restoration, as well as proposed environmental health-related policies. She maintains a busy life outside of work and activism, regularly performing improvisational comedy as a way to "get out of her head," stretch her creativity, and improve her listening and negotiation skills. She also likes to exercise, travel, and cook.