Think tank hires director of communications


Eric Kohn. Courtesy the Action Institute

An international think tank based locally has a new director of communications.

Eric Kohn will begin his role Jan. 1 for the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, where he will be responsible for overseeing communications, marketing, public relations and media strategy.

The Acton Institute said its mission is “to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”

Kohn is currently the director of community management at the Illinois Policy Institute. He joined the organization in 2016 as the marketing manager. In this role he has worked to facilitate conversation, increase engagement and drive advocacy within the institute’s digital community.

Prior to IPI, Kohn was founder and CEO of Curious Task Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in public affairs and digital marketing primarily serving the nonprofit sector.

For most of the last decade, Kohn has led the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing the next generation of classical liberal leaders in Chicago. The Chicago chapter was recognized by AFF as Chapter of the Year in 2018.

“Eric‘s wealth of experience and innovative ideas for promoting a free and virtuous society are huge assets for advancing our mission,” said Stephen Barrows, managing director of programs, Acton Institute.

Kohn co-hosts the radio program Sources with Knowledge on 560-AM-The Answer in Chicago, which also is available on all podcast feeds, and also has hosted or appeared on several other national radio shows.

Kohn has a bachelor’s degree in music business from Millikin University.

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