Vice President Development & Strategic Initiatives
Samuel Garrison is the Vice President of Development & Strategic Initiatives for Caruso Affiliated, one the largest, privately held real estate companies in the U.S. He leads multiple development and special projects, and is also Executive Director of the Caruso Family Foundation.
Prior to joining Caruso Affiliated, Sam was a Director at the High Lantern Group (HLG), a public affairs firm specializing in strategic positioning and thought leadership. Previous to that, he was Vice President of Public Policy for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he revitalized the organization’s political and policy efforts including leadership roles in two successful statewide political reform ballot initiatives.
Sam began his career on Capitol Hill as a personal aide to Senator Dianne Feinstein and as Senior Legislative Aide to Congressman Adam Schiff. He also served as press secretary and communications director for a Los Angeles City Councilmember.
Active in civic life, Sam is the board chair of Operation Progress, a youth success initiative in Watts, and is an executive committee and board member of Hillsides in Pasadena, one of the region’s oldest and most successful foster care service providers. He also serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, L.A. County Economic Development Corporation, South Central Scholars, and St. Lawrence of Brindisi School.
Sam is a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School, University of Southern California, and Loyola Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of California.