Erik Raser-Schramm grew up in Dansville, NY outside of Rochester on his parents’ 1,200-acre farm. From a young age Erik knew service was in his future, so after earning his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo in elementary and special education, he left home to join AmeriCorps VISTA in Denver, Colo. With AmeriCorps VISTA, Erik designed and implemented statewide service-learning councils and chaired the Youth Planning Committee for the 2001 National Service-Learning Conference. He enjoyed his AmeriCorps experience so much that he went on to serve a second year as AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with the Delaware Mentoring Council at the University of Delaware.
Following AmeriCorps VISTA, Erik found another way serve: He became active in Delaware politics. In 2002 he took on the role of campaign manager for Senator Dave Sokola’s reelection campaign and successfully led him to victory. From there, Erik joined Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s 2004 re-election campaign as campaign coordinator and in 2006 managed then State Treasurer Jack Markell’s re-election campaign. In 2007, Erik was hired as chief of staff for the Minority Caucus in the Delaware House of Representatives. A year later, when Democrats took back the House, he became chief of staff for the House Majority Caucus. Since it was the first time Democrats had been in the majority in the House in 24 years, Erik managed the strategic reorganization, including implementing constituent tracking software, creating a handbook, and standardizing hiring practices. In 2012 he transitioned from the legislative arena back to the political one to become coordinated campaign chair for the Delaware Democratic Party.
With the 2012 elections over, Erik knew it was time his passion for service took him in a new direction. In November he formed the Twelve Seven Group LLC to provide a voice for issues facing Delaware. Erik is thrilled to be serving Delaware in this capacity.
Erik has served as board member of the Equality Forum and Delaware Humane Association, commissioner with the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service, and chair of the New Castle County Democratic Committee. He currently serves on the board of Kind to Kids.