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Communications Director


Communications Department



Sam joined the ACLU of Maine in 2023. He works closely with the policy, development, and legal teams to engage activists, create messaging and outreach materials for legislative work, activate supporters, and distill complicated legal information for members, supporters, and media.  

Before joining the ACLU of Maine, Sam worked in communications at the ACLU of Kentucky starting in 2019. Earlier, 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, and is a Transylvania Scholar.

Sam is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He got involved with politics at a young age by canvassing and working the phones. 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.