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Communications Manager


Communications Department


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Sam joined the ACLU of Kentucky in July 2019 as a communications associate. He is now a communications manager and primarily focuses on media relations, messaging, designing outreach materials, managing digital outreach, and documenting the ACLU’s work with photos and videos. He works closely with the advocacy, development, and legal teams to engage activists, create messaging and outreach materials for legislative work, activate supporters, and distill complicated legal information so supporters and media can follow the organization's work.  

Before joining the ACLU of Kentucky, Sam worked for the City of Lexington, Kentucky, as a Graphic and Digital Communications Coordinator engaging residents on environmental issues and creating public engagement programs. Sam 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 earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and French Language and Literature from Transylvania University, with a minor in studio art. He is a Transylvania Scholar and 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, Kentucky. 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 and great dane, painting, drawing, photography, and watching whatever the hot new binge show is.