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 advises Rock the Vote on message development and strategic communications in support of the organization’s efforts to engage and mobilize young voters. Sam has also worked with Students Matter, promoting the client’s public policy agenda through legislative strategy and messaging and communications support. Additionally, he 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.
Previously, Sam led RALLY’s work with the Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC)’s Secure California’s Energy Future campaign and with Education Cities, a nonprofit network of organizations working to increase the number of great public schools across the country.
Before 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. Prior to that, Sam worked to help elect other LGBTQ candidates to office while interning with Victory Fund and assisted with bullying prevention initiatives for GLSEN’s 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the California Legislative LGBT Leadership Fund and on Victory Fund’s Campaign Board. He enjoys hiking, running, and practicing yoga and obsessively follows Congressional politics. Sam lives in Downtown Los Angeles with his husband Matthew and their two cats.