Samara is a principal in the Washington, DC, office where she harnesses twenty years of experience to help her clients define their objectives and build and execute strategies. She has professional experiences in law, health care, and congressional and public advocacy work, and these varied experiences mean she is prepared to help clients simplify the complex and get results.
Samara has deep experience handling policy issues on the federal and local government levels and in the private sector. Samara came to Capitol Hill after law school as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow and served as Counsel—and later, Deputy Chief Counsel—on the House Judiciary Committee, advising Congressman John Conyers, Jr. on civil justice reform issues.
In her role as Counsel to Congressman Conyers and the Judiciary Committee, Samara served as lead staff attorney on the game-changing national tobacco settlement. In doing so, she demonstrated uncommon negotiation skills, helping to forge consensus among unlikely allies. In the end, public interest groups, tobacco companies, state attorneys general and consumer groups joined together to support Members of Congress to pass this landmark legislation.
Samara is a member of Ford’s Theatre Board of Trustees. She served on the Board of the Levine Museum of the New South and on the Advisory Council of the University of North Carolina College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is the former Chair of the Board of Florence Crittenton Services, a home for single, pregnant women and girls.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Samara attended college at UCLA where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude. She received a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and two children.
- Community Liaison, Novant Health Foundation Presbyterian Medical Center
- In-house attorney, KoSa (formerly Hoerst Celanese)
- Director, Business Affairs Division, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services