Chris Erickson, Communications Director
Chris has been with the Erickson Merkel Foundation since its beginning, as a cofounder, board member and volunteer communications director. Beyond refining language governing the foundation’s vision, he brings focus to the communications strategies implemented by the foundation. He oversees all stakeholder communications, scholarship promotion, and media and community relations.
Chris’ career in the communications world includes six years of publishing, eight years of public relations work for the military and nearly a decade of work in branding and creating communications plans for small businesses.
Upon enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2003, Chris began his role as a public affairs specialist. That work took him to six countries through two deployments where he worked closely with local, national and international news outlets. On his first deployment he was part of the Public Affairs Team for U.S. Central Command, where his responsibilities included creating multimedia products for mass dissemination, facilitating interviews between deployed service members and the media, and shaping strategic plans for internal and external communications. On his second deployment, this time to Kosovo, Chris wrote and edited news and feature stories for internal and external publication, crafted command-level OP/ED content, and entered the foray into the social media world by building award-winning products that became the new standard.
Chris is involved in the community in many ways. After the military he re-entered public service first by serving on his local Dollars for Scholars board of directors, which later translated into a seat on the Beulah Education Foundation’s Scholarship, Activities and Community Outreach committee. He was appointed to the Beulah Public Library board where he first served as acting secretary and currently serves as president. He was also named vice president of the Beulah Centennial Committee, where his efforts focused on creating a safe and enjoyable environment for the city’s 100th birthday celebration.
Chris graduated with honors from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in mass communications after first receiving a degree from Bismarck State College in computer information systems. Chris also graduated from the accredited Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland, where he studied public affairs, community relations and journalism in the same class as Eric.
Chris enjoys reading, traveling, the fine sport of curling, and is an avowed current events hound.