Fitness, music, DIY projects, traveling, GTD
Erik Rapprich is a grassroots organizer turned technology entrepreneur and web professional living in Washington, DC.
Rapprich currently serves as Managing Director at Engage, a leading digital strategy firm that has worked for some of the nation’s most recognizable political leaders and corporate brands. In his role, Rapprich guides strategy and manages the project teams for client projects and products, including Multiply.
Prior to Engage, Rapprich was the Director of Web Development & Interaction Design for the Republican Governors Association. In 2010, his team created 38 websites in 22 states in a 5 month period. In addition, Rapprich was responsible for building the RGA’s interactive election night results map with the Associated Press API.
Rapprich was recruited to join the RGA after running his own web firm, Ethos Digital, for 6 years. Ethos Digital focused on web application and ROI-focused web development. During his time running Ethos, he led a team of 15 tasked with building Advokit, an online advocacy toolkit.
In his spare time, Rapprich started WPDC, the WordPress meetup for the DC-area, and GTD DC, the “Getting Things Done” meetup for the DC-area, based on David Allen’s best-selling work-life management system. Both meetups are one of the largest of their kind nationwide. Through the WordPress community, he released two public WordPress plugins — CM Newsletter and WikiPress — which yielded roughly 7,000 installations. With GTD, he personally trained over 50 people in the system and required its use by his subcontractors.
Rapprich has experience working on multiple congressional campaigns and as a field director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As an undergraduate at Connecticut College, he was Class President and founder of the College Republicans chapter. He also served as Executive Director and two terms as Chairman of the Connecticut State Chapter of the College Republicans where he increased membership from 320 to 2600, registered over 1,000 new voters in a district where the Congressman won by less votes and raised more than $30,000. He is a recipient of the Ronald Reagan Future Leaders Scholarship from the Philips Foundation.
Rapprich was trained in classical piano from age three, which resulted in a music scholarship to college. He once held a benefit concert that raised $17,000 for autism and won the Prudential Bank Spirit of Community Award in New Jersey.
Currently, he lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife Ashley, his dogs (Guinness & Thorman) & his horse Winnie. When he’s not in front of a computer, you can find him building things around the house, traveling or making music.