Samantha Romero

Attorney |

Equality & Opportunity

Samantha joined Pacific Legal Foundation’s Equality & Opportunity practice group in 2024, where she focuses on equal treatment under the law and the right to earn an honest living. She is particularly interested in the elimination of the government’s ability to wield metaphorical calipers against individuals.

Prior to joining PLF, Samantha was career staff at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she focused on budgetary and national security policy. She also worked on the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General’s Freedom of Information Act team and as a Presidential Management Fellow on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Samantha’s service as a federal bureaucrat helped solidify for her that even legitimate government functions can too often creep into the illegitimate.

Samantha received her juris doctor (J.D.) from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2017 and her Master of Laws (LL.M.), with distinction, in national security law from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019. Before law school, she served as an active-duty United States Marine Corps Korean linguist and concurrently earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Wayland Baptist University.

Samantha lives in Maryland with her husband, David; their dog, Camina Drummer; and their two cats, Udon and Ceviche. When not endeavoring to destroy race law, she dances Mexican ballet folklorico, plays piano, attends her husband’s CrossFit classes, and pores through her personal library.

Samantha is a member of the bar only in the state of California and the District of Columbia.