Samantha Sam-Chen joined the Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources on June 15, 2023 as a new project policy analyst. She began her work at NPI as a graduate student and received her master's in public health with a concentration in public health nutrition from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her primary research interests include food and nutrition insecurity, evaluating food and nutrition programs, and early childhood nutrition interventions. Through her work, Samantha hopes to contribute to research that will result in policies that eliminate nutrition-related health disparities. She has over a decade of experience working with California school districts, primarily in rural and predominantly Latino communities. At NPI she works on several projects, such as evaluating the California Nutrition Incentive Program and California's Universal Meals Program.