Samantha Diaz is a proud native of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, graduating from the city’s public school district. She served in New Jersey’s 19th Legislative District Office in multiple capacities for several years, beginning as an unpaid intern then legislative aide to both Senator Joseph F. Vitale and Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin. As legislative aide, Samantha took pride in being able to provide services to constituents in both English and Spanish, such as connecting them to state programs or addressing quality of life issues.
In her role as Legislative Director to the Senator, she was instrumental in the passage of legislation addressing the state’s opioid and heroin addiction epidemic. Samantha also tackled a wide-range of complex issues pertaining to MEWAs, the Drug Court system and the state’s Medicaid program.
Having been actively involved in local and county politics, Samantha has developed into a successful campaign operative. Most recently, she managed the re-election campaign of Wilda Diaz, the only Latina mayor in the State of New Jersey. In addition to her professional career, Samantha is actively involved in her community, serving as Executive Director of Perth Amboy 2021 Strategic Planning Task Force. For several years, she has volunteered as a recreational basketball and softball coach and serves as a fundraiser for El Comite Patriotico Cultural Puertoriqueno, which hosts the annual Puerto Rican Festival.
Samantha received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Kean University. She received her Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College.