Samuel Schimmel

Sam is Siberian Yupik and Kenaitze Indian from Kenai, Alaska.  He is a former Champion for Change. He was selected as a UNITY 25 Under 25 honoree for creating Operation Fish Drop, a program which has brought more than 20,000 pounds of salmon to Alaska Native Elders and families facing food insecurity. He is an avid subsistence fisherman and harvester and works to combat suicide, drug abuse, and cultural erosion.  Having seen the effects of climate change in Alaska firsthand, Sam works to raise awareness of its impacts on tribal communities and Native food systems. Sam graduated from Stanford University and is currently at Georgetown Law.