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Samantha Valadez

Field Director

Samantha is the field director for CNC Education Fund. Samantha oversees all field campaigns and monthly door-to-door canvasses implemented by the organization’s Coachella, Fresno, Merced, and Sacramento offices covering a 17-county area. In June 2018, she managed a team of 12 full-time staff members and 80 phone bankers and canvassers who contacted over 75,000 voters in four weeks. The multi-county campaigns spanned an array of non-partisan issue campaigns, such as Access to Quality Healthcare, The California Voters’ Choice Act, and Parks4All.

Samantha’s commitment to excellence and intrepid spirit have created the environment for her rapid climb with CNC Education Fund. Samantha joined the organization in November of 2014 as a member of the non-partisan Civic Engagement Project Team conducted by Lisa Marroquin. Her work with CNC Education Fund started as a phone banker and, together with her team, spoke to more than 13,000 voters in Merced, Turlock, and Los Baños. Samantha spoke directly with hundreds of voters from Merced, informing them about Measure T and how it would create the environment for a voice for every neighborhood at City Hall by creating six single-member districts. Merced voters passed Measure T!

In the fall of 2015, Samantha joined the Civic Engagement Project. The work centered on building a base of voters who join the CNC Education Fund South Merced committee who believe investment in youth should be a core city service as a matter of public safety and economic development. As in 2014, Samantha again spoke with hundreds of Merced voters via door-to-door canvassing and phone banking. In addition, Samantha spoke with voters about implementing Measure T and invited them to participate in the district line-drawing process. As a result of Samantha and her team’s work, voters in Merced will be better prepared and informed leading into the city’s first district elections in 2016.

Samantha graduated from the University of California, Merced, earning a bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Professional Writing.