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6 Years of Managing Projects in Politically and Topically Nuanced Environments

I’m passionate about our work because:
When I graduated, I didn’t have the range of real-world skills I needed to truly succeed. It took me longer than I care to admit to develop into a well-functioning team member able to make meaningful contributions in challenging and complicated situations. I want to be a part of developing the strategies that will change this systemic issue so that all students can better reach their full potential.

My favorite learning experience is:
The project that gets the learner so excited that they choose to work on it of their own volition, or in their free time.

My role in three words:
Moving things forward.

I’m currently learning about:
I’m currently learning about the interplay between high school transcripts and next-gen learning experiences. I’m also diving deeper into the mechanics of synthesizers and the philosophy of Carl Jung.

I’m currently working on:
Developing a 12-month strategic roadmap for an initiative, finalizing a number of grant agreements, and ideating content for a slide deck to bring a group of schools on board with an innovative idea. I’m also working on the next glaze firing of my ceramics kiln, and using a new music tool to compose songs without the use of a computer.


Erik designs and manages projects for Getting Smart’s strategic advisory partnerships. He is driven by a passion for creating progress, a knack for creating efficiencies, and a deep curiosity about all things innovative. His background in strategic coalition-building in the world of international trade politics honed his skills for developing momentum-building strategies and managing sensitive situations to affect change. His experience managing communication and marketing efforts for a wide range of projects and initiatives throughout his career ensure that our partners’ efforts hit their desired targets.

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