About Me

I am a highly-skilled, versatile, Chicago-based professional with nearly 30 years worth of leadership experience in the government, nonprofit and higher education sectors. My work produces measurable success, especially in project management, communications, strategic planning, process development, system implementation, and fundraising. At bottom line: I’m a fixer, and I get things done.

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, I have worked in salaried positions as a fundraising professional, communications and public relations director, operations manager and nonprofit executive director, while also successfully pursuing various freelance and contract engagements. You may view my complete professional resume via my LinkedIn Profile.

I am always happy to discuss how I might help your organization reach its full potential. To contact me for freelance work, please visit my Consulting Page. For perspective on the impacts of my past work, see my Testimonials Page.


I am 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 fourth 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 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. The current (fourth) version of my online home consolidates all of these earlier pieces — professional and personal, entertainment and education, left brain and right brain, humorous and serious — dating back to 1995, and also serves as my home for new writing of all flavors. There’s a lot of stuff here. Feel free to forage.


All rights reserved, and all material on this website Copyright J. Eric Smith, 1995-2016, 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.

2 thoughts on “About Me

    • I think I did the first update 20 years after the initial posting, so if Steve and I hold to that schedule, next update would be 2035 . . . (though we might get ambitious and tackle it sooner . . . )

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