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: “I’m more afraid of being nothing than I am of being hurt” — Cole Trickle, Days of Thunder

James Ottem - Vice President of Public Policy

James Ottem serves as the Vice President of Public Policy for Dauntless Communications.  Born and raised in California, he is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, majoring in both Government and Communication Studies.  James has extensive experience working on some of California’s costliest and most contentious, candidate and ballot initiative campaigns as well as having held numerous senior staff positions for a number of elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.

Favorite Quote: We learn from failures, not from success. – Bram Stoker

Cari Dawson Bartley - Director of Business Development

After earning a degree in visual media technology, Cari started her career as a designer and photographer at a customer- owned electric utility. This path led to sales, marketing, and business development positions which included co-ownership of a newspaper company and being the Executive Editor and Marketing director of an international cartoon syndicate.

Her passions include travel, art/photography, and education. She is currently a volunteer with an educational project for orphans in Ethiopia as well as serving in her tenth year as a trustee on the board of a local college.

“As Director of Business Development it would be my pleasure to strategize and put into motion your business/organizational or campaign goals. Lets get together to discuss your project needs today!”

Favorite Quote: The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. –
Will Rogers

Nazar Maksymchuk - Web Developer

Nazar is highly skilled in web development and computer languages and began coding in childhood.  Skilled in not only in HTML and CSS, but also fluent in the programing the languages JavaScript, PHP and React JS, he is currently studying Computer Science at Sierra College with plans to transfer to Sacramento State University. Nazar has two years web development experience with the California Public Employee Retirement System(CalPERS), as well as student assistant on several internal and public applications.

Favorite Quote: Veni, Vidi, Vici. – Julius Caesar

Nicholas Francois - Policy Coordinator - Digital Media 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

Brice Adams - Policy Analyst

Brice is a native Californian from Santa Rosa and moved to the Sacramento area in January of 2018 to finish his undergraduate degree at CSU Sacramento, where he will graduate in 2020 with a degree in political science and a minor in history. He currently serves on the state board for the California College Republicans as Capital Region Vice Chair and is a delegate in the California Republican Party. He recently interned on the Kevin Kiley for State Senate campaign and remains involved in Northern California Politics.

Favorite Quote: The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill