Meet our New Communications Director, Samantha Bakall!

Samantha in front of a colorful wall

The Staff and Board of Seeding Justice are pleased to announce Samantha Bakall as Communications Director effective March 1, 2021.

Ms. Bakall will be staff lead on Seeding Justice’s communications programs, including our overall communications strategy, our growing storytelling arm and all editorial support for our development and programmatic goals.

Samantha comes to us as an accomplished, Chinese American freelance writer whose work has centered on amplifying diverse communities through food and restaurant writing across the Pacific Northwest. She helped plan and execute Portland International Airport’s fall 2020 – spring 2021 editorial strategy for its ongoing, $2 billion renovation and has mentored historically excluded youth interested in journalism for five years. In 2019 and 2020, she also designed and ran Amplify, a summer internship for high school journalists from historically excluded communities, in partnership with Metro and Pamplin Media Group.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Sam on our team—her solid skills, strong professional background and lived experience as a person of color navigating dominant-culture spaces resonated with us throughout the hiring process. We really felt she belonged with MRG from the get-go.”

Se-ah-dom Edmo, Executive Director

Previously, she was the only staffed food writer of color in the state while at The Oregonian from 2013-2018. Her work has appeared in:

  • USA Today
  • Eater
  • The San Francisco Chronicle
  • Travel Oregon
  • Oregon Humanities Magazine
  • National Geographic UK.

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