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Sam Zeno is a policy analyst for Conservation Policy at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she interned at Mil Mujeres, a legal nonprofit where she focused on supporting the visa process for survivors of domestic violence from Latin American countries.

Zeno earned a degree in social psychology and anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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The Agenda of the 118th Congress’ Antiparks Caucus Article
A view of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, with downtown Los Angeles visible in the background.

The Agenda of the 118th Congress’ Antiparks Caucus

A new CAP analysis identifies the latest congressional antiparks caucus and their wide targeted agenda to dismantle America’s most beloved public lands.

Sam Zeno

The Biden Administration Has Reached Conservation Records in 2023 Article
U.S. President Joe Biden walks to sign a proclamation to designate Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument.

The Biden Administration Has Reached Conservation Records in 2023

After three years in office, it is clear that the Biden administration is safeguarding public lands at a record rate; in the coming year, it must continue its conservation progress through community-led, justice-centered landscape protections.

Sam Zeno

The Biden Administration’s Opportunity To Protect the Brooks Range From Unnecessary Mining via Ambler Road Article
Photo shows an aerial view of a mountain range, mostly bare with no trees, against a grey, cloudy sky. A serpentine river snakes through the valleys between the mountains.

The Biden Administration’s Opportunity To Protect the Brooks Range From Unnecessary Mining via Ambler Road

President Joe Biden has the opportunity to safeguard the ecologically sensitive lands of the Brooks Range in northwest Alaska from the threat of Ambler Road—a destructive path to a speculative mine that local communities have loudly opposed.

Sam Zeno

Protecting Avi Kwa Ame as a National Monument Would Honor Tribes and Increase Access to Nature Article
Photo shows Avi Kwa Ame at night, against a background of a starry sky.

Protecting Avi Kwa Ame as a National Monument Would Honor Tribes and Increase Access to Nature

President Biden must use the Antiquities Act to designate Avi Kwa Ame as a national monument. He faces a critical opportunity to honor ancient sacred lands; conserve ecologically important sites; advance the administration’s 30x30 goal; and enact community-led conservation to close the nature gap.

Sam Zeno

Executive Action vs. the Nature Crisis: Top 8 Opportunities President Biden Should Pursue To Meet His America the Beautiful Commitment Report
U.S. President Joe Biden gives a speech before designating Camp Hale as a national monument.

Executive Action vs. the Nature Crisis: Top 8 Opportunities President Biden Should Pursue To Meet His America the Beautiful Commitment

President Joe Biden committed to putting the United States on a path to conserve 30 percent of its lands and waters by 2030; here are eight major opportunities he must pursue immediately to achieve this goal.

Drew McConville, Michael Freeman, Sam Zeno, 4 More Ryan Richards, Angelo Villagomez, Jenny Rowland-Shea, Nicole Gentile

Making Castner Range a National Monument Would Help Nature-Deprived Communities Report
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Making Castner Range a National Monument Would Help Nature-Deprived Communities

President Biden can use the Antiquities Act to close El Paso’s nature gap by designating Castner Range as a national monument, for which the area’s majority Latino and low-income community has been advocating for more than 50 years.

Sam Zeno, Shanna Edberg, Brenda Gallegos

National Monuments Are a Missing Piece in Biden’s Equitable Conservation Agenda Article

National Monuments Are a Missing Piece in Biden’s Equitable Conservation Agenda

The Biden administration should use the Antiquities Act to designate more national monuments to address a history of unjust federal land protection and increase access to culturally significant landscapes.

Sam Zeno, Jenny Rowland-Shea, Cassandra Carmichael, 3 More José G. González, Bennae Calac, Shanna Edberg

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