Samantha Medlock is senior counsel for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, leading the Committee’s work to advance adaptation, resilience, and preparedness, including the wider implementation of codes and standards to advance sustainability and reduce loss of life and property. Sam led the development of the Climate Crisis Action Plan for Congress on climate science, resilience, public health, national security and financial risk. She joined the Committee from a private sector role in climate risk management, insurance and finance. Previously, Sam was senior advisor in the Obama White House, coordinating climate and disaster policy across the Executive Office of the President and the administration, modernizing federal flood policy, and managing the White House Climate Insurance Partnership. She has more than 25 years of experience in environmental, land use and disaster law and policy supporting governments, business leaders, and public/private partnerships. Sam has held multiple posts in academia, including with the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, where she launched new curricula on emerging national security threats.