Sam grew up in Deerfield and attended Deerfield High School; he then graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Political Communication and Georgetown University Law Center with a JD. After graduation, he spent time in Washington, DC and San Francisco. He is an Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading Executive Search and Advisory firm, where he leads the firm's Technology Sector in the Americas and the Global Software Engineering practice. He has been an active participant in YLD and JUF since returning to Chicago in 2020. Sam lives in Lakeview with his fiancé Ali and their two dogs, Moose and Obi.