GPS Consulting specializes in strategic communications, civic positioning, and issues management for the Los Angeles marketplace.
We have deep experience working with the region’s business and civic leadership on the most challenging issues. Unlike traditional firms that fit your problem into their overhead, GPS provides bespoke solutions and an embedded approach to achieving each client’s objectives.
Samuel Garrison has more than two-decades of experience at the intersection of business, government, and philanthropy. Sam is the founder of GPS Consulting, a strategic communications and public affairs consultancy, and is also the Chief of Staff to Chair of the USC Board of Trustees, Rick Caruso.
Prior to founding GPS Consulting, Sam served in senior executive roles at Caruso, one of the nation’s largest privately-held real estate development and hospitality companies. He led multiple special projects on behalf of the CEO, Rick Caruso, including civic initiatives, corporate affairs, and as the project manager for 333 La Cienega, a $200m mixed-use development in Los Angeles. In addition, he was concurrently the Executive Director of the Caruso Family Foundation.
Before joining Caruso, Sam was a Director at the High Lantern Group, a public affairs firm specializing in strategic positioning and thought leadership for CEOs and high-profile organizations. He was also Vice President of Public Policy & Government Affairs at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he revitalized the organization’s political efforts including leadership roles in successful state and local political reform ballot initiatives. Sam’s career began on Capitol Hill as a personal aide to Senator Dianne Feinstein and later as Senior Legislative Aide to Congressman Adam Schiff.
Active in civic life, Sam was the founding board chair for Operation Progress, a youth success ecosystem in Watts, and is a longtime board member of Hillsides in Pasadena, one of the region’s oldest and most successful family services providers. He has also served on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and L.A. County Economic Development Corporation. From 2009-2014, Sam was the Speaker of the State Assembly’s appointee to the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board which oversaw public health insurance programs for over 1 million Californians.
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.