• About Eric Schultz

    eric schultz at Obama white house briefing room podium

    Eric Schultz, now a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama, brings fifteen years of Washington-based communications experience to clients in the political, financial, technology, and entertainment sectors.


    Schultz served in the White House as the Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the President. In this role, he advised President Obama, spoke on behalf of the Administration on Air Force One and in the White House briefing room, and helped manage the Administration’s proactive messaging and news-of-the-day responses. Recognized by Politico as the strategist “White House officials turn to in a crisis to handle communications,” Schultz was originally hired at the White House in 2011 to manage the Administration's public responses to Congressional oversight investigations.


    Before joining the White House, Schultz served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2010, retaining Senate control for Democrats despite an historic Republican wave. Schultz provided hands-on messaging, debate preparation, and rapid response support—including efforts to quickly and aggressively define opponents—to campaigns in 18 competitive states.


    Schultz spent several years on Capitol Hill working for key U.S. Senators, including now Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) where he developed communications strategies for legislative issues; raised the Senator’s national profile while maximizing visibility in each of New York’s media markets; and worked with leadership to implement a united caucus message.


    Schultz is a veteran of numerous statewide and national campaigns. In 2004 he steered communications efforts in New Hampshire for John Kerry — a state that Kerry won in both the primary and general elections. Four years later, he served as the national press secretary for John Edwards’ Presidential campaign. Schultz then served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Al Franken’s 2008 Senate race. According to the Washington Post, Schultz brought “order and discipline” to Franken’s campaign, keeping a favored incumbent opponent on defense and sinking his approval ratings. During a high profile recount, Schultz worked directly with the chief counsel to devise messaging that augmented the campaign’s legal strategy.


    Originally from Syracuse, New York, Schultz got his start in politics as an opposition researcher on then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign. Schultz, who most recently advised Netflix’s reboot of Designated Survivor, earned a B.A. in political science at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was recently honored with the University's Distinguished Alumni Award.

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    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.


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



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

    - Jen Psaki, former White House Communications Director


    "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


    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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