Sammie Ardito Rivera
Director of Operations & ProjectsCompany: Marnita’s Table, Inc.
Role: Session Presenter
Sammie Ardito Rivera is the director of operations and projects at Marnita’s Table, Inc. (MTI). Sammie helps the team run smoothly, ensuring that all of the tools are in place to make MTI a well-functioning business. She is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe with paternal ties to White Earth.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Sammie spent most of her young-adult life learning from diverse communities across the United States working on issues of economic justice, Indigenous rights, environmental justice, education and climate. She received her movement education in the San Francisco Bay area and earned a Bachelor of Science in applied Indigenous studies with an emphasis in traditional knowledge at Northern Arizona University.
Outside of her work at Marnita’s Table, Sammie is the co-founder of Sin Fronteras Farm & Food with her husband Eduardo and she’s also a trained birth doula. She is passionate about creating resilient, sustainable, healthy, and just communities for her daughter and for all our future generations. Introduced to Marnita through the Wilkins Fellows, which brings together activists in the community, Sammie joined the organization in early 2015.