Innovation Fellow

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SAMUEL RUBIN

Co-Founder, Hollywood Climate Summit
Fostering multigenerational, youth-led, story-driven efforts to showcase environmental action in the entertainment industry

Samuel Rubin is the co-founder of YEA! Impact, a social impact agency rooted in the power of grassroots community-organizing and storytelling, and the Hollywood Climate Summit, an international annual gathering that fosters multigenerational and youth-led story-driven efforts to showcase environmental action in the entertainment industry.

Born and raised in Barcelona, Samuel began producing films to ignite positive change. His first feature-length documentary, “Colis Suspect” (2017), unpacks border security and received the Best First Film Prize at Tetouan’s Film Festival. Samuel received a B.A. in Film and Television at UCLA and worked at DeLite! Media, Prodigium Pictures and Good Docs.

He currently serves as the Chief Impact Officer at YEA! where he oversees campaigns such as CanYou Hear Us? for Hulu’s “I Am Greta,” and previously, “Youth v Gov” on Netflix, and “Since I Been Down” on Sundance Now.

In 2021, he developed the impact strategy for the Good Energy Playbook, leveraging his expertise in intergenerational and climate storytelling.

Currently, Samuel serves in the Convening Team of the UNFCCC sectoral initiative for climate action in the Film & TV industry and has been included in the 2022 Grist 50 Fixers list for his role in flipping the script on climate change within Hollywood.