Erik Soderstrom

Freelance Contributor to Media Research Center Culture Blog

Political Experience

Nov. 2015 - March 2016

Field Director, Carly for America

May 2014 - Nov. 2014

Field Director, Women Speak Out PAC

  • Organized, hired, and trained canvassers for 2014 US Senate Election
  • Responsible for PAC operations across 6 counties, including Charlote, NC, one of the top 20 largest cities in the U.S.

Feb. 2013 - June 2014

Assistant Editor,

  • Culled Twitter for relevant, timely news.
  • Pitched stories to managing editors.
  • Cut and edited video from TV news segments, live events, et c. as needed.

June 2011 - Aug 2011

Intern, The Heritage Foundation - Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies

  • Tracked major regulations as reported by the Government Accountability Office under the Congressional Review Act.
  • Prepared weekly “Enterprise Update” (approximately 3000 readers per week) to inform subscribers of recent publications.
  • Prepared daily department-wide email with links to top regulatory news stories.

Sept 2010 - Present

Web Developer, Various Political Websites

July 2011

Leadership Institute - Youth Leadership School

  • Intensive training seminar on “mass-youth” grassroots organization, mobilization, and campaigning.

Aug 2010 - Aug 2012

Chairman, Belmont Abbey College Republicans

  • Re-founded Belmont Abbey College Republicans
  • Organized Campaign Volunteers and On-Campus Events

Jan 2009 - Present


  • Blog focused on conservative politics and technology.

2010 & 2012

Campaign Volunteer, Various State and Federal Campaigns


Aug 2009 - Dec 2012

Belmont Abbey College

  • Government and Political Philosophy Major, Economics Minor
  • Delta Sigma Epsilon

Aug 2007 - May 2009

Vanderbilt University

  • Physics Major

Other Experience & Employment

Feb. 2013 - Feb. 2015

BATF and Firearm Sales Associate, Gander Mountain

  • Ensured regulatory compliance in firearm sale transactions.
  • Filed required reports with ATF.
  • Sold firearms to qualified customers.

1999 - Present

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

  • Eagle Scout, 3 Palms and Brotherhood member, Order of the Arrow.
  • Represented BSA at 2006 Youth Leadership Conference in Japan. Delivered speech on the importance of boy-led troops.
  • Volunteer staff member at 2005 and 2010 National Jamboree.

April 2011 - Present

National Board Member, Students for Concealed Carry

  • Joined organization in fall of 2008 after establishing chapter at Vanderbilt University. Became S.C. State Director in 2009.

2005 - 2009

Counselor, Camp Rockmont for Boys

  • Responsibilities included caring for cabin of 8-12 campers, preparing daily devotion, leading activities, and teaching various skills (e.g. archery, tennis, trap shooting, et c.).