Eric Kowalczyk

Eric Kowalczyk

Eric Kowalczyk

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Dr. J. Eric Kowalczyk's career is about helping leaders and organizations communicate with integrity and impact. The author of The Politics of Crisis, Eric works with and leads teams of experts, helping identify and execute communications and crisis management strategies for elected officials, law firms, municipalities, political campaigns, and nonprofit organizations. His passion is working to address issues in marginalized communities, which formed the basis for his book.

"Thank you so much for coming to our city and presenting your program ... this is an absolute 'must-attend' for all mid-level and above. This would also be a great class for the boots on the ground officers and medics."

Chief Brian Petrilla | NWEMS, Texas

Eric works with clients in areas such as leadership strategy, critical incident mitigation, crisis communications, public affairs, municipal communications, internal/external communications strategy, and media relations/training.

Eric is a veteran of the Baltimore Police Department. As a Captain and Director of Media Relations, he helped confront and navigate the communications issues during the Freddie Gray riots in the glare of a national spotlight. While simultaneously facilitating local, national, and international media, Eric implemented a crisis communications strategy widely praised by media across the county as responsive and understanding of community concerns.

Eric has consulted with a U.S. presidential, gubernatorial, senate, house, and mayoral campaigns. He is a member of several national professional associations. He has trained over 2,000 communications specialists in 41 states and 75 cities across the country and presented at numerous national conferences, including the 2021 and 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions. He is a 2016 TEDx Beacon Street speaker.

Eric is on the Executive Board of the SCCPWR and the Advisory Board for the Cobb Institute. Eric is an ordained interfaith minister, holds a post graduate degree in Divinity, and a Doctorate in Ministry.

The Politics of Crisis: An Insider's Prescription to Prevent Public Policy Disasters
by Eric Kowalczyk (author)
Across the country, minority communities feel under attack by police officers. The Politics of Crisis explores how to change public policy decisions to reform the role of law enforcement and is a powerful examination of how everything can go wrong when police no longer serve their communities.

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