Samuel Garrett-Pate is an Account Executive at RALLY’s Los Angeles office, where he specializes in public affairs, strategic communications, and political and legislative strategy.
At RALLY, Sam has worked with Students Matter, promoting the organization’s public policy agenda through legislative strategy and providing messaging and communications support for its impact litigation campaigns. Additionally, Sam supports RALLY’s engagement with the Lear Family Foundation, a private foundation of Lyn and Norman Lear, and works with the pro bono legal team led by Public Counsel and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP working to challenge the US Department of Homeland Security’s unlawful detention of DREAMer Daniel Ramirez Medina.
Recently, Sam advised Rock the Vote on message development and strategic communications for their efforts to engage and mobilize Millennial voters in the 2016 general election. He has also led RALLY’s strategic communications work with the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC)’s Secure California’s Energy Future campaign and for Education Cities, a nonprofit network of organizations working to increase the number of great public schools across the country.
Prior to joining RALLY, Sam was an aide to New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, serving on his successful 2014 reelection campaign and as a legislative assistant in his Washington, DC office. Before joining the Congressman’s team, Sam worked to help elect other LGBT candidates to office while interning with the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and assisted with bullying prevention initiatives for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) public policy office and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
Sam received his bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University where he majored in political science. As an undergraduate, he led GW’s Chapter of Student Global AIDS Campaign and served as vice president of the university’s LGBT student group, Allied in Pride.
Outside of RALLY, Sam enjoys hiking, running, and practicing yoga. He obsessively follows Congressional politics and serves on the Victory Campaign Board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Sam lives in Downtown Los Angeles with his husband Matthew and their two cats.