© 2019 by Erin Merz

Erin Merz

Communicator • Portland, Oregon


I’m an accredited public relations professional with nearly 15 years of of experience. My communications expertise, passion for storytelling, results-driven mindset, and commitment to building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders adds substantial value to the organizations I work with.

My top priority is achieving business objectives through meaningful communications. I create quality content that reaches the right audiences and inspires action.

Exceptional Writer
Thoughtful Leader
Creative Thinker

Engaging Presenter
Ethical Practitioner 

I’m a lifelong fitness enthusiast and swam competitively in college. When I unplug and unwind, I enjoy reading, running with my super fit German shorthaired pointer, Goose, open water swimming, yoga, biking, hiking, camping, traveling, exploring the great outdoors and experiencing Oregon’s craft beer scene. I was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and am proud to be a Yooper.

My key to happiness: people, place and purpose. I thrive on healthy relationships, experiences in nature and a fulfilling career. 

I'm currently the director of marketing and communications for The School of Business at Portland State University



I’m always looking for ways to collaborate, learn, teach and grow. Don't hesitate to say hello at erinlmerz@gmail.com or connect via social. 




I'm active in Portland's PR scene as a former board member and active volunteer with PRSA Oregon. You'll find me at events around town that inspire and educate. I love hearing people's stories of personal and professional success. Recent favorites: Elevating Impact Summit, A.Wordsmith's Like a Boss Coffee Chats and TechfestNW.


I enjoy sharing my expertise with others through writing and presentations. Topics of interest include:

  • Brand management (business and personal)

  • Content marketing

  • Public relations

  • Storytelling

  • Strategic planning

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon


  • Accreditation in Public Relations, 2013 - Present
    Public Relations Society of America

  • Master of Arts in Communications, 2008, 4.0 GPA
    New York Institute of Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting, 2005
    Grand Valley State University

  • NIRSA Creative Excellence Award, 2018

  • NIRSA Creative Excellence Award, 2017

  • PRSA Portland Spotlight Award, 2016

  • Portland State EMSA Creative Excellence Award, 2016

  • NIRSA Creative Excellence Award, 2016


Recent Talks

Score Big With Your Brand Strategy

  • Communicators Conference, Portland

  • NIRSA Region VI Conference, San Diego

  • NIRSA National Conference, Denver

Power to the People:
Best practices for integrating stakeholders into the entire strategic planning process

  • Communicators Conference, Portland

Play at Campus Rec: A Branding Case Study

  • Northwest NIRSA, Seattle

  • NIRSA/ACUI Marketing Institute, Las Vegas

  • Oregon State NIRSA Conference, Portland

Build Your Personal Brand

  • Guest Lecturer,  University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor
    Nutrition 600 – Professional Development and Capstone in the Nutritional Sciences 

  • Portland State Student Leadership Conference, Portland

  • Portland State School of Social Work Career Forward Workshop, Portland

Places I've Lived, In Order
  • Michigan

  • Australia

  • Indiana

  • New York

  • California

  • Connecticut

  • Oregon

My Bookshelf


Captured Life