A child of Bosnian and Iraqi war refugees and a first-generation college student at Arizona State University in Barrett, the Honors College, Sami embraces his diverse academic and multicultural background in his contributions to public service. Raised in Glendale, Arizona, Sami studies political science. Sami’s writing has appeared in The State Press blog and the Arizona Capitol Times, and he has been featured in the Glendale Star, Freethought Today, KQED Forum, OnlySky, and the Arizona Republic. He is a former intern of Congressman Ruben Gallego and a selectee of the highly competitive Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar. Currently, he sits on the board of Secular AZ, protecting the constitutional separation of church and state in Arizona public policy through substantive advocacy work. Sami is eager to continue making meaningful contributions by pursuing a graduate degree in public policy.