Good communication is about connecting with your audience on their own turf based on shared language and common values. Ed helps handcraft and execute winning communication strategies that integrate earned, paid and social media to engage and mobilize targeted audiences for ECG clients.
For the last 10 years, Ed has been behind some of the most innovative communication strategies that bridge online and offline campaigns to engage citizens, drive results, and win elections.
A native Mainer, Ed has a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine, an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. (ABD) from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Political Science.
He's been featured in CNN, Politico, Fox News, PBS News Hour, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, and other publications.
vice president, business development and client strategy
A native of Colorado, Ben has over ten years of experience in both the private and public sector. His expertise ranges from business development and organizational development to campaign management, field strategy, comms, organizing, public policy, government affairs and grassroots engagement.
Most recently, Ben served as Co-founder and National Political Director for American Promise, a national cross-partisan organization working to overturn Citizens United vs. FEC. He has consulted fortune 500 companies at Monster.com, and previously served as Director of Professional Development with the National Council of History Education in Washington, D.C.
Ben has served as field staff for many local, statewide and federal campaigns. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado, and is currently a candidate for his Masters in Public Administration at Suffolk University in Boston.
A native of Michigan, Caitlin specializes in public relations, video and written communications. In 2018, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Michigan State University. While there, she covered the Dr. Larry Nassar/USA Gymnastics case; her work on this earned her two National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors and one win at the Michigan Emmys. She also won an award covering local and state government. In the years since graduation, Caitlin has worked as a field organizer for the Arizona Democratic Party and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
director of photography
From Skowhegan, Aren is a video journalist with a print/digital background as well as experience with political organizing. Several of his productions have earned National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors at three different Boston/New England Emmy Awards. In 2016, before completing his Bachelor of Arts at Northeastern University, Aren was selected for a five-month editorial internship at Rolling Stone magazine in Manhattan. In the years since graduation, he has worked across the country in broadcast news, advertising, theatrical set carpentry, and field organizing.
From Cape Elizabeth, Quinn specializes in social media, issue research, and written communications. A recent graduate of Smith College, she has worked previously on field campaigns for candidates as well as party and nonprofit organizations. In her spare time, she can most likely be found reading with a dog in her lap.
A Boston native, Brian has amassed over a decade of experience in the political, government and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Brian served as Data and Information Systems Director for American Promise, a national cross-partisan organization with the goal of ending big money in politics. During this time, Brian also served as a grassroots lobbying and data consultant to the Novus Group, a government affairs firm in Boston, and senior strategist to the historic Rachael Rollins for District Attorney campaign and Julia Mejia for Boston City Council At-Large campaign.
Prior to this, Brian served as Executive Director as well as Field and Data Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. At the MassDems, he was the Massachusetts Admin for VoteBuilder, the coordinator for the annual State Convention and was the GOTV Data Lead for the successful 2010 Coordinated Campaign that reelected Governor Deval Patrick. After leaving the Party, he held a senior staff position on the Martha Coakley gubernatorial campaign and has consulted for numerous local, statewide and federal Democratic candidates.
Brian holds a J.D. from Suffolk Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from UMass Boston.
Katherine is a Boston-based communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in the health and nonprofit industry. She specializes in media outreach, strategic planning, online community management, event planning, and social media content and strategy.
Prior to joining Erikson Communication Group, Katherine worked as a consultant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Her work included managing RWJF’s online community network, mobilizing members, and elevating the Foundation’s social media presence. She also planned advocacy trainings for Doctors for America, created social marketing templates for the American Heart Association, and managed social media campaigns for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
In her past work, Katherine has also launched a new program at the Valley of the Sun YMCA, led an online fundraising campaign for Landfill Harmonic, and coordinated planning and media outreach for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Katherine holds a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Temple University and a B.S. in Public Relations and Psychology from Syracuse University.
director of art and animation
Based in Northampton and a lifelong Massachusetts resident, Liz brings her talents from the colliding worlds of commercial design and electoral reform advocacy.
During recent years with Voter Choice Massachusetts, an educational org. focused on broadening awareness of Ranked Choice Voting, she built an arts & media department from the ground up; networking together teams of photographers, videographers, and artists to create content and buzz around the relatively lesser-known election method. She wore many hats as an art director, copywriter, web designer, digital fundraiser, and even grassroots field organizer.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Cornell University, with a focus in design theory, applied graphics, and CG. Prior to her RCV advocacy, Liz spent seven years in the entertainment industry as an animator in games and commercials, for clients including LEGO, Lucasfilm, and Disney.
vice president of public affairs and strategy
In Minneapolis, MN, born and raised, on progressive campaigns is where he spent most of his days—canvassing, marketing, working for Democrats all cool, and advocating for progressive issues after he left grad school.
When the right-wing coalition, who was up to no good, started making trouble in our nationhood. He’s gotten in dozens of fights, and his mom got scared she said, “you’re working for ECG in that New England air.”
For the past decade, Michael has been on leadership teams for over 100 progressive and grassroots campaigns in 10 different states stretching from local, municipal, county, statewide, and federal races. Drawing on his private-sector marketing experience, he thrives on getting national media attention to scrappy under the radar campaigns and engaging the electorate on story-driven narratives to enact progressive issues.
Michael holds an M.P.A from Hamline University, a B. A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Saint Cloud State University. If there is any spare time, he can be found at a local theater production or singing the “Fresh Prince of Belair” theme song at karaoke.
From Minneapolis, Kelly specializes in social media and email strategy. A recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Kelly has three years of experience on progressive campaigns at every level of government. In her free time, she enjoys walks, music trivia and playing the ukulele.
We handcraft and execute winning communication campaigns that integrate earned, paid and social media to engage and mobilize targeted audiences