Erin Dobson

Director of Community Engagement
Executive Office of Melinda Gates
Erin is the Director of Community Engagement for Pivotal Ventures, the Executive Office of Melinda Gates, where she leads Pivotal’s network engagement strategy. Driven by the belief that community is a unique source of innovation, ideas and experience, Erin is helping Pivotal to build a community intelligence network that taps into diverse voices, concepts and opinions. Prior to joining Pivotal, she founded Statements Strategic Communications, a Seattle-based corporate branding agency. Erin has led media relations, public affairs, reputation management and crisis communications for iconic brands like The Coca-Cola Company and Nike, Inc., and worked closely with company founders, C-suite leaders and politicians to establish and communicate their personal thought leadership platforms. Erin honed her communications skills working for two Presidents, a Presidential candidate, a Governor, two Senators and a few Congressman along the way. The combination of political experience and brand building gives her a unique perspective on how to nurture and mobilize strong, collaborative relationships, and connect organizations with the collective intelligence of their communities.