The daughter of a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Colonel, Samantha has grown up around the world and brings her unique perspective of other cultures to her work as a non-profit events producer. Dedicated to guiding others to discover and utilize their voice, she founded Time to Talk Hawaii, a program designed to help teens learn to communicate effectively and grow into confident young adults.
Samantha has a successful career in the entertainment industry as an actress and model, having appeared in hit television shows on ABC, CBS and HBO as well as feature films for Sony, Lifetime and Lionsgate. She also stars in multiple ad campaigns airing across the country
This 24-year-old believes in the power of community and aims to bridge the divide amongst Americans by using communication to better understand one another.
As a member of a military family, Samantha has visited over 20 countries and lived in Spain and Japan.
Samantha made history twice; in 2013 when she was the first African-American to be crowned as Miss Hawaii Teen USA and again in 2020 when she was the first African-American to be crowned Miss Hawaii USA.
Samantha wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in the short film titled “When Strangers Touch Your Hair” which premiered at the 2016 Awareness Film Festival.
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