Sam supports a variety of CLS clients in handling communications challenges, including litigation, crisis management, and media relations. Sam is a natural problem-solver who enjoys tackling complex issues and developing innovative solutions to address them.
Prior to joining CLS, Sam worked on Capitol Hill serving a member of the Texas Congressional delegation on the House Ways and Means Committee during the overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Sam’s expertise in political communications and collaborative work with stakeholders helped push the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), toward passage in the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2019.
Before working on the Hill, Sam served in Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s administration as a writer and spokesperson for the Governor and as Communications Director for two Texas Secretaries of State. During that time, Sam developed expertise in election law, international business development, public diplomacy, trade, and civil rights litigation. In 2018, he successfully managed a statewide public relations campaign to increase public awareness of Voter ID requirements in Texas following years of complex litigation.
A journalist by training, Sam began his work in public affairs as an intern in the Corporate Communications department of Saudi Aramco – the world’s largest oil company – and at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he worked with the U.S. Department of Education to advise Saudi students on higher education opportunities in the United States.
A native of Houston, Texas, Sam received a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. While in college, he worked as a radio reporter for the local NPR affiliate WAER-FM and studied abroad in London, United Kingdom.