Eric Gray

Eric Gray

Summary

Eric Gray is a Public Relations and Media Consultant in the Atlanta area.

He contributes energy, experience and passion to a variety of progressive causes. 

Eric has demonstrated that education is a life-long endeavor. In 2008, he achieved a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University. During this time, he built a loyal list of similar minded friends and colleagues- people who are passionate about issues, and the ability to craft the appropriate message.

He has 15 years of media experience, and regularly uses that insight to achieve measurable results.

Eric is an intelligent, highly creative problem-solver that values

practicality, teamwork, and keeping his word.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2010 - Present

Communications Director

Democratic Party of Georgia
  • Contributes and directs resources to assist six sitting U.S. Congressmen, 50+ members of the Georgia General Assembly, and a variety of local Democratic leaders with specific communication goals.
  • Helped to produce a 2010 Gubernatorial Debate at the University of Georgia with five Democratic candidates which was televised statewide.
  • Regularly secures media placement in national and statewide news outlets. 
Jun 2007 - Jan 2010

Public Relations & Media Consultant

Self-Employed

Public Relations Director

  • Campaign Manager for Alex Wan for Atlanta, resulting in the first Asian-American Councilperson in Atlanta City Council history. 
  • Campaign Manager for three candidates for Tribal Council (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians), resulting in two successful candidates and the defeat of a 16 year entrenched incumbent. 
  • Successfully pitched over a dozen media interviews and appearances.
  • Coordinated a complete direct mail campaign- resulting in nine highly-targeted mailings of 50,000 total pieces. 
  • Placed 50+ press releases in print, radio, TV, and online media, including The New York Times and USA Today.
  • Created "quick response" email list of over 1,200 VIP's.
  • Negotiated media buys for a candidate for the Georgia State Assembly.
  • Drove media coverage of an event that produced positive coverage on Atlanta's NBC Affiliate (WXIA-TV) and ABC Affiliate (WSB-TV).
  • Fully developed and maintained two websites.
  • Compiled district data into qualitative clusters, and directed appropriate outreach to each individual group.
  • Supervised contact of over 28,000 registered voters in district.

 Media Consultant

  • Created a crisis control plan for a local city government, and directed those plans during an unexpected and damaging news cycle, resulting in favorable coverage.
  • Excelled in hour-long debate over energy policy on WDUN radio's First Tuesday program.
  • Provided full client preparation prior to media appearances, including pre-interviews and a "Mock Debate".
  • Composed, produced or voiced over a dozen radio and TV commercials, including several full-length corporate training videos for multi-million dollar companies.
  • Hosted a "PPM Party" for local media salespeople to explain the changes in Arbitron's new radio rating method in the Atlanta area.
Jan 2007 - May 2007

Graduate School Internship

  • Initiated contact and arranged multiple meetings between members of the United States Congress and PhRMA.
  • Contributed on issues management campaigns for the proposed city of Dunwoody referendum, and a big-box business development in Peachtree City.
  • Negotiated/placed advertising for DeKalb Technical College.
  • Promoted a grass-top letter campaign to Georgia mayors for the Farm Credit Council.
  • Successfully composed and placed press releases and media advisories.
  • Measured the effectiveness of press releases and tracked mentions by analyzing news coverage.
  • Coordinated public relations efforts for various regional and national accounts.
2003 - 2006

Reporter / Air Personality

  • Produced or voiced 200+ commercials for local and national broadcast.
  • Emceed the main stage of the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk (2004) at Atlanta's Turner Field, which drew over 18,000 participants.
  • Composed and delivered traffic, news, and entertainment reports for broadcast.
  • Hosted and appeared at 15+ charity or promotional events.
  • Excelled as a host for a live radio show for three years.
2000 - 2003

Music Director / Reporter / Air Personality

  • Negotiated contracts for nationally known musicians for a city festival that attracted over 14,000 spectators.
  • Provided direction for 10 staff members.
  • Surpassed company goals through increased ratings and time-spent-listening.
  • Achieved business development goals, resulting in 20+ new A-list accounts.
  • Produced twice-hourly newscasts; decided music selection and station content for major media outlets in Greenville, SC and Greensboro, NC.

Education

Education

BA

Once a Dawg, always a Dawg.

Jan 2006 - May 2008

Master of Public Administration

Georgia State University

In the 2009 edition of US News & World Report, Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is ranked 5th in the nation in Public Finance and Budgeting from among 269 graduate programs in the United States.

The US News rankings are the result of an annual peer assessment survey of deans, department chairs and directors from all of the U.S. Master's Programs in Public Affairs and Administration.