Sam Lake, Community Program Manager


Sam has led environmental programs and communication strategies in the public sector for the past five years. In her most recent role, Sam launched the City of Tacoma’s Commercial Recycling and multilingual Community Ambassador programs. Additionally, she spearheaded Tacoma’s first multifamily recycling engagement study and transcreation efforts to improve language access among limited-English speaking residents. She has a deep understanding of community engagement and brings continuous improvement, equity, and social marketing principles to the forefront of her work. As a Community Program Manager, she oversees grants to communities and provides technical assistance, and brings partners together to enhance local efforts.

Why I Care About Recycling 

“Simply put, recycling is the right thing to do. By turning old things into new things, we are able save space in the landfill and reduce GHG emissions so that our communities can thrive. Additionally, from the many personal stories that I have heard, I strongly believe that access to recycling can inspire people to rethink consumption in their own lives. Soon they are buying recyclable products, repairing worn items, sharing what they have and other sustainable actions so that we can live in a clean and healthy environment. It is exciting!”

Personal Passions and Interests

You can often find Sam outdoors, binging on podcasts, volunteering, or learning something new – like flyfishing or ceramics.


2022 Recycler of the Year Award for Equitable Engagement – Washington State Recycling Association

2020 Recycler of the Year Award for Public Education – Washington State Recycling Association


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