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Audubon Southwest Welcomes New Policy Manager

Meet Sam Draper

Sam Draper comes to Audubon in her new role as Policy Manager after nearly seven years at the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA). In her role as AMWUA’s Conservation and Efficiency Program Manager, Sam advanced water conservation, demand management, and efficiency programs across AMWUA’s 10 member cities, including the creation of various outreach materials on the beauty of desert and low-water-use landscaping. Sam also led larger successful regional efforts by developing collaborative proposals for state-regulated municipal conservation programs.  She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University, and entered the nonprofit sector motivated to work on water stewardship policy. Sam is excited to join the Southwest Team to provide capacity to plan, implement, and achieve our policy goals.

Located in Mesa, Arizona, Sam can be found cultivating her indoor jungle of houseplants, studying the stars, or enjoying the outdoors in her free time. More likely though, Sam and her husband are chasing after their curious one-year old daughter.

Sam anxiously awaits the renaming of her favorite bird: Gambel’s Quail.

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