Samantha was born and raised in Los Angeles. She comes from a large family, which includes 5 sisters, 5 nieces and 4 nephews. Samantha is currently attending CSULB to pursue her BA in Sociology and is on the path of deciding whether she wants to become a teacher, or a school counselor in her future. In addition to currently taking BA courses, Samantha volunteers her time at Long Beach Blast, where she mentors youth of Long Beach.
"I was drawn to IVA after reading their Master Virtues, my favorite one being intellectual courage- I think that it's important to teach our youth to speak up in the face of fear or failure. I hope to encourage IVA students to speak up for what they believe in and always keep an open mind and heart."