• About Eric Schultz

    eric schultz at Obama white house briefing room podium

    Eric Schultz, now a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama, brings nearly two decades of experience at the highest levels of politics and government to help clients navigate the intertwined national media and political landscape. Schultz counsels high-profile individuals, organizations, and companies across the political, financial, tech, and entertainment sectors seeking to cultivate relationships, raise their profile, and shape conversations among key policymakers, journalists, and stakeholders.

     

    During the Obama Administration, Schultz served as White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, speaking on behalf of the Administration on Air Force One and in the White House briefing room, and managing the Administration’s proactive messaging and news-of-the-day responses. Schultz was originally hired by the White House to handle the Administration’s response to congressional oversight investigations, gaining recognition in Politico as the strategist “White House officials turn to in a crisis to handle communications.”

     

    Before joining the White House, Schultz spent nearly ten years on Capitol Hill working for key U.S. Senators, including as communications director to the current Democratic Leader, Charles Schumer and for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, overseeing messaging strategies of campaigns in 18 competitive states. He is also a veteran of numerous statewide and national campaigns including as New Hampshire Communications Director for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager for Al Franken’s 2008 Senate race, to which the Washington Post credited Schultz for bringing “order and discipline.” In each of these roles, Schultz worked to proactively define opponents, becoming “well-known among Washington reporters for his aggressive, behind-the-scenes approach," as noted by Politico.

     

    Schultz is originally from Syracuse, New York, and got his start in politics as an opposition researcher on then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign. Schultz earned a B.A. in political science at Washington University in St. Louis and received the University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. Schultz volunteers as a tutor and serves on the regional board of directors for Reading Partners, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting literacy among young students. He is also an advisory board member of Arabella Advisors, which funds voting rights litigation to enfranchise and protect the rights of citizens to vote. Drawing on his experience, Schultz was credited as a political consultant on Netflix’s reboot of Designated Survivor.

  • SCHULTZ GROUP Services

    Navigating the modern media landscape requires an ever-evolving set of tools

    The Schultz Group is a boutique public affairs firm offering strategic communications expertise to public sector, nonprofit, and corporate clients.

     

    There is no longer a standard communications playbook. We all must innovate conventional approaches to reach target audiences where they now consume content. We will raise your profile in Washington newsrooms, with opinion leaders, and through digital influencers. The traditional news cycle may be obsolete, but speed, empathy, and credibility continue to be the three touchstones of any successful communications strategy.

     

    We believe diligent preparation, creative tactics, and values-based messaging will inspire confidence from every audience you intend to reach.

  • "Well-known among Washington reporters for his aggressive, behind-the-scenes approach"

    -POLITICO

     

    "The person you want next to you in a foxhole when there's a crisis"

    - Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary

     

    "His judgment was sought after throughout the halls of the White House"

    - Josh Earnest, former White House Press Secretary

     

    "Relentless in pushing his message in both public and private"

    -Syracuse Post Standard

  • SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    Eric has spoken at international business conferences, political events, and in academic settings including Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Schultz is available for speaking engagements to discuss:

    • modern media landscape
    • crisis management
    • strategic communications
    • domestic political environment
    Email here if interested in arranging a speaking appearance.
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