About Me

I am an executive-level writer, speaker, trainer, planner and manager with over 28 years worth of proven leadership experience in the public sector. My particular areas of expertise include:

  • Strategic Planning;
  • Resource Management;
  • Program Facilitation and Training;
  • Communications, Brand Development, Public Relations and Marketing;
  • Operations and Process Management, System Development and Implementation;
  • Grant-writing, Event Management, Planned Giving and Appeal-based Fundraising.

I am a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Naval Supply Corps School, and the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. I served for ten years with the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, first as an active duty Naval Supply Corps Officer, then as a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Energy. Since leaving Federal service in 1996, I have worked in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser, public relations director, operations manager and executive director.

Throughout my professional career, I have supported, empowered and often transformed organizations via salaried, freelance and contract work, while also strengthening my home communities through volunteer service on a wide variety of boards and committees. I welcome contracts and commissions, and am happy to discuss how I might help your organization reach its full potential. For perspective on the impacts of my past work, see my Testimonials Page. To engage me for freelance work, please visit my Consulting Page. You may also view my complete professional resume via my LinkedIn Profile.


I am something of a seasoned internet warrior, having maintained an active online presence since 1993, launched a personal website in 1995, and blogged regularly since September 2000, earning a coveted WordPress “Freshly Pressed” nod in 2010.

The website you see here today is the fifth incarnation of jericsmith.com. The first served as a repository for over 750 reviews and feature articles I wrote in the ’90s for print clients, before most of them even had their own websites. The second version focused on creative writing projects, including a poem a day published in 2004; several influential articles “went viral” from this blog, helping me to develop a very strong online brand. The third version of this website provided an archive of blog posts written for other commercial clients, merged with the “best of” archives of the prior two versions. The fourth version offered an archive for samples of my professional writing after I moved to Iowa in late 2011, to allow prospective clients to evaluate my work, while my active cultural and creative writing outlet moved to the now dormant Indie Moines site. The current (fifth) version of my online home consolidates a variety of archival articles dated back to 1995, and also serves as my home for new writing since November 2014. There’s a lot of stuff here. Feel free to forage.


All rights reserved, and all material on this website Copyright J. Eric Smith, 1995-2015, unless otherwise specifically noted or attributed. Unauthorized use or duplication of this material without express and written permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links are acceptable, provided that full and clear credit is given to J. Eric Smith with appropriate and specific direction via links to the original content.

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