Eric Block

senior director

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. — Miles Davis

For nearly 15 years, Eric has helped social purpose organizations tell their stories and achieve results. He blends sound strategy with inspired creativity to help groups plan for success, create lasting relationships, amplify their voices, raise resources and build skills.

Eric has worked with nonprofits, foundations, public-sector agencies and socially responsible businesses. As a skilled strategist and writer, he has crafted strategic plans, fundraising plans, communication plans and engagement plans. Additionally, he has drafted brand platforms, message frames, marketing copy, case statements, reports, news releases and more.

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Currently, Eric is working to top off a $40 million capital campaign that is bringing together unlikely public and private partners to replace an entire K–12 campus in twice-flooded Vernonia, Oregon. He’s also helping the U.S. Forest Service develop and implement a clarified identity in the Pacific Northwest to unify employees and better connect to the communities it works in and with. His other current and past clients include Columbia Land Trust; D Street Village; Feeding America; Multnomah County; Self Enhancement, Inc.; and the James Irvine Foundation.

Before joining MG in 2008, Eric worked with Mercy Corps to secure media coverage and raise private funds. During the second Gulf War, Eric helped the international aid agency create the first-of-its-kind overseas advertising campaign on the Al Jazeera network. In 2005, Eric traveled to Louisiana as part of Mercy Corps’s initial Hurricane Katrina emergency response team, and in 2006 he visited remote areas of Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir to report back on conditions following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake.

Born and raised in Milwaukee—not Milwaukie—Eric journeyed west to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, he co-founded a nonprofit that sought to increase local discussion about the arts. In 2001, he drove much further west and arrived in Portland. Outside of MG, he’s usually making music in basement practice spaces and home recording studios or is tuned in to a Trail Blazers game.