As Vice President at Stutzman Public Affairs, Erin works closely with Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and issue advocacy clients on developing effective messaging, navigating complicated policy debates, handling crisis situations, and implementing national and local earned media strategies. With broad experience at multiple levels of government, Erin knows that well-crafted messages tailored to specific audiences are powerful tools that must be executed with care and precision. She has worked across policy sectors, including energy, consumer affair regulations and education, to provide a wide range of services and strategies.
Most recently, Erin served as Deputy National Press Secretary to StudentsFirst, a national education reform advocacy organization founded by former Washington D.C., public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. There, she managed the organization’s national rapid response, worked directly with senior leadership to devise and execute national media campaigns, as well as engaged in brand management to support the organization’s legislative agenda in 18 states.
Her work in both legislative and executive branches of government has allowed Erin a multi-faceted understanding of the political landscape and a keen understanding of the nuanced mechanics of both established media and emerging new media trends.
A Democrat that has worked for California Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, Erin has helped policymakers and advocates on both sides of the aisle navigate politically sensitive issues of national and state import, including: requiring closer inspection of seismic fault lines prior to the relicensure of a California nuclear power plant following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, supporting President Obama’s efforts to strengthen teacher evaluations in every state so that every child has access to an effective teacher, and passing California’s landmark CALGreen Building Standards – the first-in-the-nation environmentally responsible mandatory state building code.