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Erikka Knuti

Director , Office of Communications

Erikka Knuti is the Director of Communications at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under the Biden-Harris Administration. In this capacity, she leads OPM’s effort to communicate policies and services that support America’s high quality, trusted civilian workforce as well as inform the public of the Agency's work to recruit and retain a talented federal workforce that’s serving our country and building a better and brighter future for all.

Before joining OPM, Erikka was Director of Strategic Communications for the largest private sector union in the United States, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). She provided strategic counsel for high-profile contract negotiations and organizing campaigns. As a spokesperson for the UFCW, she promoted the value essential workers in grocery, meatpacking, food processing, and retail sectors provide our economy and communities in the media.

Prior to that, Erikka worked as a strategic communications consultant specializing in media relations and crisis communications. She was a senior director for reputation and media strategy at Purple Strategies, and before that, a vice president for corporate and public affairs at Ogilvy Public Relations, where she helped clients navigate risk and protect their reputations in difficult media environments.

Erikka also worked in the U.S. Senate serving as communications director for Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN). Prior to that, she was the communications director at Media Matters for America, a non-profit media watchdog, where she had also served as director of external affairs. At Media Matters, she established a Congressional outreach and issue advocacy program and founded a TV and radio booking department. Erikka has also worked for Former Congressmen Joe Sestak (PA-7) and David Obey (WI-7).

Erikka has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and SiriusXM radio as a Democratic strategist commenting on American politics and elections. She has also been quoted extensively on issues related to the future of work. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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