Erin B. Hart
Chief Innovation Officer
Erin believes that strategic communication makes social and environmental change happen. She’s worked with foundations, nonprofits, government agencies and more to help engage their audiences in ways that make a difference for people’s health, the environment and social justice – every day and in times of crisis. At Spitfire, Erin directs the firm’s learning work and collaborates with clients including Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, The California Wellness Foundation, Pisces Foundation and Stupski Foundation.
Erin trains and teaches, builds campaigns and manages day-to-day communications on subjects as varied as super pollutants and violence prevention. Before coming to Spitfire, Erin served as Fenton’s chief client officer and the built the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s first strategic communications department. During her time at the foundation, she refreshed the organization’s identity and built an online presence to help people better communicate the foundation’s focus and forge partnerships in science, patient care and the environment. She also worked with grantees to showcase the importance of scientific research and support work including the Earthquake Early-Warning System.
Erin has developed public education campaigns on a variety of issues. She created a California campaign on the importance of growing and diversifying the state’s healthcare workforce. At her own firm and GolinHarris, Erin worked with the truth initiative and state and local health departments to develop tobacco-control brands and campaigns that would prevent youth from starting to smoke. She also developed communications and marketing plans for smoking cessation campaigns across the country.
Her work in government includes serving as the state of Florida’s environmental education director and developing environmental citizenship campaigns. At the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, she developed unique public-private training programs and media partnerships that made science more accessible to the public. Her work at the Florida Marine Research Institute and Florida Museum of Natural History connected the state’s future to its natural environment and shared information through media relations and special events. Erin’s experience with environmental and health issues includes work in crisis communications.
Erin recognizes her journalism training as the source of her ability to make dense, scientific information approachable and actionable. And she recognizes her parents for making that training possible by ensuring she had the opportunity to go to college. Erin has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Florida, which awarded her as a 2016 Alumna of Distinction and where she happily collaborates with the first-ever chair in public interest communications. She works with efforts such as frank and more to support research that makes communicators more effective at working toward the greater good. Erin and Kristen Grimm co-teach a course in strategies for policy impact at University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, and Erin teaches strategic communication at the University of Oregon.