Samuel Crankshaw wearing light blue button down shirt in front of bright, outdoor, leafy background.


Communications Manager




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Sam joined the ACLU of Kentucky in July 2019. His work primarily focuses on designing outreach materials, managing digital outreach, and documenting the ACLU’s work with photos and videos. Sam and the Communications Director work closely with the advocacy and legal teams to inform and educate the ACLU’s members, activists throughout the state, and the general public about civil liberties issues in Kentucky. 

Before joining the ACLU, Sam worked for the City of Lexington, KY, as a Graphic and Digital Communications Coordinator, was on the design and planning teams for the 2018 Kentucky Bike-Walk Summit, and was the Deputy Field Director for a congressional campaign. Sam received his BA from Transylvania University in International Affairs and French Language and Literature, with a minor in Studio Art. He graduated summa cum laude and is a Transylvania Scholar. While at Transy, he served on the Student Government Association, was the Program Manager of Transy Bikes, studied abroad, volunteered for local and statewide political campaigns, and interned with the University’s Offices of Community Engagement and Sustainability.

Sam is a native of Winchester, KY. He got involved with politics at a young age, canvassing for a candidate for the first time at the age of 9. In his free time, Sam enjoys biking, running, spending time with his 3-legged dog, painting, drawing, photography, and watching whatever the hot new binge show is.