BlueGreen Alliance | Sam Appel

Sam Appel


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Sam Appel is a labor, climate, and racial justice organizer and advocate based in the Bay Area, by way of New York and Los Angeles. Most recently, his research and strategy helped steer United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW 770) labor and social equity policies on cannabis in Southern California and state regulatory agencies. His policy research with the UC Labor Centers and an assembly member in 2016 laid the groundwork for the CA EMS Workers Bill of Rights (AB 263).

Sam holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. His capstone at UCLA, the Community Scholars Program, launched his interest in California climate justice policy, bringing together labor groups (ILWU, IBT, Warehouse Workers United) and EJ organizations (CBE, EYCEJ) to analyze policies for transforming the goods movement system.