Samuel Garrett-Pate is an Senior Account Executive in RALLY’s Los Angeles office, where he specializes in public affairs, strategic communications, and political and legislative strategy.
At RALLY, Sam has led strategy and message development for state legislative campaigns on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel and a number of organizations working to increase equity in California’s public education system. Sam has also advised Rock the Vote on strategic communications and media in support of the nonprofit’s efforts to engage and mobilize young voters. Additionally, he has supported RALLY’s engagement with Lyn and Norman Lear and worked with attorneys at Public Counsel and Gibson Dunn to develop and execute high profile impact litigation campaigns on behalf of a Dreamer unconstitutionally detained by ICE, a young transgender student fighting against discrimination at her Southern California private school and public school students challenging the constitutionality of inequitable state education policies.
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.