Samantha Thalken provides support and coordination services for The Arc of California. Before joining The Arc of California, Samantha worked alongside self-advocates within a local direct support agency that focused on equitable employment and community-integration services. Throughout her many years of providing direct support, Samantha was given the opportunity to connect with self-advocates, their families, employers, and community members in many capacities. After observing the continuous obstacles that people with disabilities face on a daily basis, Samantha was inspired to grow in the fields of advocacy and public policy to assist in creating a more just world for all. Samantha is committed to using her passion for equity and person-centered thinking certification to break barriers.