Erik Rapprich is a grassroots activist turned technology entrepreneur who currently serves as President of Engage, a leading digital public affairs agency in Old Town, Alexandria. At Engage, Erik oversees the company’s operations, production, finances, and process development. Since his joining in 2011, Engage has more than tripled in size and has established itself as a leader in design, development, & advocacy. The products he’s built and managed have processed tens of millions of dollars in political donations, engaged hundreds of thousands of users, and pushed the envelope, most notably with Targeted Sharing, one of the world’s first social voter identification applications.
Prior to joining Engage, Erik was the Web Director at the Republican Governors Association after running his own firm, Ethos Digital, for 6 years. In 2012, he co-founded Citizinvestor, a crowdfunding & civic engagement platform for local government projects, leaving a mark on the social impact space. He also sits on the board of advisors for White Coat Waste, a coalition of more than 350,000 Republicans, Democrats, liberty lovers and animal lovers dedicated to stopping government funding of animal experiments.
Erik’s work has been written about in the Huffington Post, Politico, The Economist, Fast Company, NPR, The Hill, Mashable, and Buzzfeed amongst others. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work with political campaigns and organizations at the international, national, and local levels, as well as partner with corporate and non-profit clients ranging from the Liberal Party of Australia to No Labels and from Pfizer to the Smithsonian.
Erik has a Bachelor’s degree in both Government and Music from Connecticut College, where he was active in student government and grassroots organizing. He also played an integral role early on in the local tech and productivity scenes. Erik is a recipient of the Phillips Foundation “Future Leaders” award as well as the Prudential “Spirit of Community” award for his work benefiting autism research.
Erik lives in Falls Church, VA with his family and an array of pets. When not with them, he spends his time racing bikes, building out his family tree, or making music.