Sam is the co-founder and chief reef officer of Coral Vita, a company that grows corals to restore dying reefs. Prior to Coral Vita, Sam, as COO of ELI Africa, launched a United Nations-funded coral-farming project in partnership with the Mauritius Oceanography Institute. He also worked to implement climate resiliency initiatives at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Global Island Partnership, and is a contributing author to SDG Goal 14: Life Below Water. While as undergrad at Yale University, Sam analyzed climate change as a threat multiplier to U.S. national security, played on the rugby team, and was in “the band” of a musical satire of Batman set to 80’s rock ballads (aka he air-drummed on a rock band set). A graduate of the D.C. public schools system, he created a college prep program for his high school football teammates, and later came back after graduating to set up pro-bono SAT classes for the team. Sam was recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 and Global Climate Action Summit Climate Trailblazer; was accepted into programs like Echoing Green, the Halcyon Incubator, Wild Gift, and the JMK Innovation Prize; and created a Fast Company World Changing Idea. He received his M.A. in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he met his coral farming co-founder Gator Halpern. Sam is an eternally optimistic D.C. sports fan, enjoys jamming on the guitar with friends, and has been in love with the ocean since childhood.