Sina Sam

With over a decade of community organizing and campaign advocacy experience in the Cambodian American community, and reproductive and environmental justice movements, Sina leads the management of partner relations and community support campaigns at SEARAC.

Prior to SEARAC, Sina was an IT specialist at Washington State University and a trusted advisor for student groups on campus, mentoring AAPI, undocumented, and first generation students. Proudly ending her first term as a Commissioner for the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs of Washington state, Sina served as the first Cambodian woman board member and led their civil rights and immigration committee work as Chair. Active in her local community, Sina also serves as the first Southeast Asian to be elected as a Precinct Committee Officer and State Committee Member in Whitman County, and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of Washington State Democrats. Educated in women’s studies, biology and queer studies from Washington State University, Sina is passionate about advocating for the intersectional rights and well being of communities impacted by systemic and historical disparities. In 2018, Sina co-founded a leading advocacy group called the Khmer Anti-deportation Advocacy Group (KhAAG) with community leaders Silong Chhun and Bunthay Cheam to address the spike of immigration detention and deportation of SEAAs by spearheading relief efforts and pardon campaigns in Washington State.

Born in a Thai refugee camp and raised in Seattle as a daughter of Cambodian genocide survivors, Sina identifies proudly as a 1.5 generation Khmer American in the upper left USA. She currently resides in Pullman, WA, with her son, a recent college graduate and prolific creative, who reminds her daily of the intergenerational healing and successes possible, even with teen parents. In her free time she enjoys traveling far distances to share the perfect meal with loved ones, fishing, and singing off-key to Khmer oldies. You can find her on Twitter @SceneAsam or email her here.

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