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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 from college, I still 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 continue to focus on exploring the interplay between competency-based education, high school transcripts and next-gen learning experiences. I’m also diving deeper into writing music with synthesizers, and have been reading about zen philosophies.

I’m currently working on:
Competency-based learning outcome frameworks, a 12-month strategic roadmap for an initiative, the design of grant processes that strike a balance between agility and impact, and supporting resources for bringing schools and educators on board with an innovative idea. I’m also working on the next glaze firing of my ceramics kiln.


Erik designs and manages projects for Getting Smart’s learning design partnerships. He is driven by a passion for creating learning mindsets and cultures, a knack for describing learning outcomes, and a deep curiosity about how people learn. His background in coalition-building in the world of international trade politics honed his momentum-building skills and ability to manage sensitive situations to affect change. His experience managing communication and marketing efforts for a wide range of projects and initiatives throughout his career ensures that our partners’ efforts make sense to their desired targets.

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