Sam has long worked to build strong and trusting relationships across disparate sectors of the Australian community, particularly focused on equality of opportunity for women, the need for diversity in leadership and an enduring commitment to reconciliation with indigenous Australians. She is recognised as a leader in sustainability and climate change advocacy.
In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review of the Funding of Sport in Australia, and chairs the AFL's traineeship company, AFL Sportsready.
Sam's other board and advisory roles include: President of the Australian Museum Trust and a board member of Australian Volunteers International, the Sydney Theatre Company, and a community representative on the board of the Australia Council for the Arts. She is the Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Council of the CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship, a member of the NSW Climate Change Council and serves of the advisory board of ClimateWorks Australia. She is a member of the women's advisory panel of the Australian Chief of the Defence Force, and Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia
Sam lives in Sydney with her husband and 11 year old daughter.