Eric Bailey has worked in government affairs and public policy for 21 years. He brings an extensive background and unique perspective to his approach in delivering the needs of clients at Joe Tanner and Associates. Throughout his career Eric has demonstrated the ability to work with businesses, community leaders, and lawmakers to advance issues and initiatives that improve the quality of life in their community. His experience has led to expertise that transcend across a wide spectrum including government affairs, community organizing and public relations, and business development and procurement.
Prior to coming on board with Joe Tanner & Associates, Eric was the Georgia Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society from 2012 to 2016. In this position, he managed all heath care and public health issues at the state and federal level. These issues included the different nuances and changes to federal and state health care laws, reducing cancer incident and mortality rates by improving access to early detection and prevention programs and treatment, and the application of scientific evidence-based research to improve public health laws. In addition, where necessary, he established and executed county and statewide education and media campaigns to mount community support. This included working with local health departments, hospital systems, county and state and federal elected officials, and local media outlets.
Since joining the JTA team in 2016 Eric has been invaluable to clients. For county and municipal clients, Eric has been successful in his lobbying efforts with both sides of the aisle. The relationships and reputation that he maintains with leadership and rank and file members at the State capitol is beneficial to accomplishing the client’ goals and objectives. Furthermore, his experience in managing issue and electoral campaigns has led to his ability to understand and educate lawmakers on a wide spectrum of issues and challenges that counties and municipalities encounter. His experience as a community and political organizer has groomed his ability to organize and mobilize elected officials, and constituents, on very difficult issues that could potentially have an impact on industry or government clients.
In 1998 Eric received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University majoring in political science with an emphasis in political statistics. He began his career in government affairs and public policy in 1999 in Chicago, IL, where he received certification to manage issue and electoral campaigns. In 2000 and 2004, he managed numerous electoral campaigns across the country, including Georgia, where he focused on environmental issues, the support and utilization of vocational schedules in lieu of traditional 4-year colleges and universities, predatory lending, among other issues. From 2001 to 2003 Eric worked as a political consultant and organizer for the Service Employee International Union in New England. Here he led efforts to improve home ownership, education, and the growth of small business, by developing a new community partnership with Yale Corporation and the city of New Haven, CT.