Erin Gaddis is a dynamic and proactive communication professional with a proven track record of working with high-profile clients in crisis situations.
Erin is the former Disaster Recovery Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance, assisting business owners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this role Erin, provided detailed information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to members of the public that had been impacted by federally declared disasters, such as COVID-19, Hurricane Sally and the California Wildfires.
Prior to working with the SBA, Erin served as a Media Relations Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. She served as a member of the on-call External Affairs Cadre and was deployed to federally declared disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, and The Memorial Day Tornadoes in Dayton, Ohio. In the role, Erin acted as an official agency spokesperson, where she completed interviews with radio, television, and print media. She also managed the FEMA News Desk and responded to National Media inquiries while working with various elected officials and community stakeholders to assist with the overall recovery efforts.
Erin also worked with the Cincinnati Bar Association, where she planned educational programming and assisted with the Hamilton County Mock Trial Competition.
Erin is a native of Dallas, TX, and an alumnus of Baylor University, where she studied in the Communications Specialist program. During her time at Baylor, she created short film to train college students on cultural competence, diversity, and inclusion. She was a member of Baylor’s student advocacy group, the Baylor Ambassadors, where she advocated for higher education policy at the State and National Capitols. She was an apprentice in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and also served on Baylor’s Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Erin was the former state conference President for the Texas NAACP’s Youth & College Division, and she also developed the Texas NAACP’s Student Day at the Capitol. She later represented Region 6 on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and served as a member of the NAACP’s National Strategic Planning, Finance, and Image Awards’ nominating committees.
Erin is an alumna of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Congressional Internship program, where she interned for Congressman Mark Veasey in a press and communications capacity.
She is a proud alumna of Senator Royce West’s Emmett J. Conrad Leadership program in Dallas, Texas, where she completed AT&T’s External Affairs internship program.