Erin Dunne | Associate

  • Northville, Michigan
  • BA, University of Michigan | MA, Peking University's Yenching Academy
  • Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Content Development, Digital Media and Analytics, Campaigns
    • Recommended Read: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins 

    • Favorite Movie: Sans Soleil (Sunless)

    • Comfort Food: Cardamom Bread and Bastilla

    • Weekend Destination: Rock Creek Park

With a diverse background and expertise in international public relations management, journalism and political communications, Erin Dunne crafts communications strategies for Cogent clients to effectively reach audiences on both digital and traditional media platforms. 

Prior to joining Cogent, Erin covered foreign and defense policy for the Washington Examiner where her writing was informed by her work and research abroad. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Diplomat and The Bulwark.

During her time at Cogent, Erin served as the communications director for a successful D.C. ballot initiative. In that role, she oversaw the overall communications strategy, generated local and national media coverage, crafted digital and broadcast messaging and directed the production of campaign materials including direct mail. Her work also included external coalition building and management in addition to content development and digital analytics.

In addition to her intimate knowledge of political media, Erin has managed marketing and social media for nonprofits, directed public relations for grassroots political campaigns and built coalitions across the political spectrum. She excels at creating compelling digital media campaigns, generating earned media for clients and implementing cohesive communications strategies that enable companies and non-profits to boost their visibility and advance their interests.
Erin earned her M.A. as a Yenching Scholar from Peking University in Beijing, China and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with majors in History, French and International Studies. Her academic research explored political movements and social influence campaigns. Beyond her affinity for campaign work, Erin enjoys reading and discussing historical theory, interior design, sewing and cooking new recipes.



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