About Me


I am a versatile, Arizona-based professional with over 30 years of leadership experience in the government, nonprofit and higher education sectors. My work has produced measurable success for my employers and clients, especially in project management, communications, strategic planning, process development, system implementation, and fundraising. At bottom line: I get things done, efficiently and effectively.

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.

After leaving Federal service, I worked in salaried positions as a fundraising professional, communications and public relations director, operations manager and nonprofit CEO, while also successfully managing numerous freelance, contract, consulting, and board roles. In late 2019, I retired from full-time salaried work to focus exclusively on freelance writing and consulting engagements.

You may view my complete professional resume via my LinkedIn Profile.


I am a seasoned internet warrior, having maintained an active public online presence since 1993, launched a personal website in 1995, and blogged regularly since September 1999, earning a coveted WordPress “Freshly Pressed” nod in 2010.

The website you see here today is the fourth permutation of my online presence. 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 articles went viral during this period, helping me to develop a very strong online brand. The third version of this website provided an archive of professional posts written for commercial and academic purposes.

This current version of my online home consolidates bits and pieces of all those earlier eras — professional and personal, entertainment and education, left brain and right brain, humorous and serious — dating back to 1995, and it also serves as my home for new writing of all flavors. There’s a lot of stuff here. Feel free to forage.


Head shot for press and media available here.


All rights reserved, and all material on this website Copyright J. Eric Smith, 1995-2021, 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.

6 thoughts on “About Me

    • Hey Mike!!

      Great to hear from you . . . yes, it has been too long! All is good with me and mine: we have been living in Chicago since 2015, and I love it here. I get back to Albany a couple of times a year for business stuff, so nice to re-visit old haunts. Hope you’re doing well, too!! Making any music?


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