Meet the Team
Dauntless Communications is a digital communications and public affairs agency that operates in California and Nevada.
We have experience working with a diverse group of clients. We work with small businesses, churches, nonprofits and political campaigns and help them achieve their goals. We’re known for our work ethic, responsiveness and commitment to excellence.
Eric Eisenhammer - Founder & CEO
Eric is talented in community outreach to diverse coalitions, web development and email and social network marketing and is knowledgeable on a number of public policy issues including jobs, taxes and energy.
He has over a decade of experience working on numerous statewide and local political campaigns. In 2009, Eric coordinated the opposition to Proposition 1A, a proposed $16 billion tax increase, on behalf of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Although the grassroots taxpayer effort was outspent 20-1, Prop. 1A was voted down by an overwhelming 2-1 margin. Eric also is founder of the Coalition of Energy Users.
Eric holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University and a Bachelor’s in Business from California State University, Northridge.
Favorite Quote: Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. – Ferris Bueller
Mike McCrone - Director of Technology
Mike leads Dauntless’ tech efforts. When creating a digital strategy for a client, he is an instrumental cog in bringing that strategy to life. Whether it’s designing websites, helping with social media, or setting up email marketing campaigns, Mike’s creative mark is definitely left on the process. He has worked for a wide array of clients, from political campaigns to small businesses to non-profits.
Mike graduated from California State University, Channel Islands in 2014. He earned a B.A. in History and a Minor in Computer Game Design & Development. His goal was to work as a creative designer on video games, but he caught the political bug when he joined College Republicans in his senior year. Mike is always looking to stay up to date on innovations in the technological landscape and aspires to use those innovations to help businesses and political campaigns accomplish their goals.
Favorite Quote: Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. – George Patton
Mike Valdez - Policy Coordinator
Mike recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Public Affairs. During his time at UCLA, he took on numerous leadership roles in various organizations; notably, Vice President of his fraternity and Director of Operations for the school’s only student-run, pediatric cancer organization.
Mike’s passion for free-market principles and minimal centralized government began in high school but truly came to fruition in college, where he witnessed firsthand the bureaucracy and wastefulness of unchecked government institutions.
After taking some time off from school and gaining work experience, Mike plans to apply for graduate programs in law and public policy (preferably both). When not working, Mike enjoys improving his golf game and fixing his ever-broken Jeep.
Favorite Quote: Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden
Phillip Petersen - Senior Policy Analyst - Services Consultant
Phillip James Petersen is an Eagle Scout who professionally sang and traveled
around the world for many years. He also is a graduate of Sabino High School in
Tucson, Arizona and worked as campaign manager for Casey Welch. Alongside he has worked on campaigns for Senator Martha McSally, Justice Doug Taylor, President Donald J. Trump, Clerk Cindy Woodman, Wendy Rogers, Representative Debbie Lesko, Governor Doug Ducey, and many others.
Phillip also was the Campus Election Coordinator for Eastern Arizona College
and won several awards for registering the most voters in the nation. He plans to run for Congress in Southern Arizona in 2024 and one day become Governor. Phillip also enjoys bowling tournaments, musicals, and watching TV. Phillip currently resides in Roseville, CA and is preparing to go on a mission.
Favorite Quote: Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. – Ronald Reagan
Nicholas Francois - Policy Analyst
Nicholas is a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis and is native to the Sacramento area. During his college years he has served as President of local chapters of the California College Republicans and Log Cabin Republicans as well as served on the state boards of both organizations. He has worked with the state Board of Equalization, bipartisan groups such as AIPAC, numerous campaigns across the California, was selected to join a Fact-Finding Mission to Israel, apprenticed at a Washington D.C. lobby firm, and has been featured in podcasts and UC Berkeley’s Oral History Library due to his studies.
Apart from his political work, he is known to have a love for history, astronomy, traveling, the color orange, and saga movies like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Lord of the Rings. Nicholas hopes that through Dauntless, he can help California give change a chance, and to help amend the failing status quo the state has had for the last two decades. With his love of politics and California, he hopes to contribute a lot to the Dauntless team.
Favorite Quote: Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. – Casey Kasem