Cabrillo National Monument Foundation (CNMF) is proud to announce that Outreach Coordinator Samantha Wynns has been selected as one of the 125 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN® Ambassadors. IF/THEN®, a national initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, seeks to further women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. “We firmly believe that IF we support a woman in STEM, THEN she can change the world,” said Lyda Hill, founder of Lyda Hill Philanthropies.

To achieve this goal, AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors will connect with students in person and through various media platforms, including popular YouTube channels and network television shows. The Ambassadors are contemporary role models who represent a diversity of STEM-related professions in the United States, from entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia.

“AAAS is deeply committed to advancing education and opportunities for girls and women in STEM,” said Margaret Hamburg, chair of the AAAS Board of Directors. “This partnership enables us to reach more deeply into STEM education and help advance STEM careers for women and girls. It will help us to elevate the voices of women working in STEM fields and to inspire the next generation of girls and women in science.”

Samantha’s work in providing outreach to the San Diego community through various STEM programs is making a critical impact on San Diego youth. She is taking science from the Park out to the People who would not otherwise have access. Samantha has been a leader in her field and has helped CNMF to achieve its mission to fund and support interpretive, cultural, historical, scientific and educational programs and activities at Cabrillo National Monument. “We’re so proud of her impressive work and especially proud that she has received the prestigious recognition as an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador”.

Samantha Wynns is a recent graduate in the field of biology from San Diego State University. She currently works with the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument where she wears many hats: Samantha gathers data as a field biologist, she educates youth and the public as a science  educator, and she brings the Parks-to-the-People as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation. During any given day she can be found performing monitoring surveys out in the field, leading a STEM summer camp for underserved girls, or giving scientific lectures out in the community. In every role, Samantha’s goal is to illuminate and inspire a passion for STEM and a commitment to environmental stewardship.

For a complete list of Ambassadors, go to

Congratulations Sam!

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