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1776 Hires Erin McPike, Veteran National Journalist, to run Communications


Washington, DC – Today, 1776 announced that Erin McPike has joined its senior executive team as Director of Communications. McPike recently covered the White House and a wide range of major national stories as a correspondent in CNN’s Washington bureau.  

“The startups we work with are all focused on driving global scale, and attracting national and international media is crucial to their success,” said Donna Harris, 1776 Cofounder and Co-CEO. “Erin’s experience as a journalist and expertise in what makes a compelling story will be enormous assets for our members.”

“1776 and our startup members will benefit tremendously from Erin’s insider knowledge of navigating the political landscape,” continued Evan Burfield, 1776 Cofounder and Co-CEO. “Her ahead-of-the-curve insights, combined with her communications savvy, make her an ideal fit for our leadership team.”

While serving as a correspondent for CNN, McPike reported breaking news on the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, ISIS murders and U.S. budget deliberations. She also provided a range of reports specialized for The Lead with Jake Tapper on the business sector, and she extensively covered the Boston Marathon bombings and the bridge scandal affecting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration.

In previous editorial roles, McPike repeatedly broke news and wrote major enterprise pieces on national trends in government and politics that spanned multiple industries involved in 1776’s network, including energy and health care. She covered the 2012 presidential election for RealClearPolitics and the politics behind major legislative initiatives on Capitol Hill for National Journal during the first term of the Obama administration.

About 1776

1776 is a global incubator and venture fund that uncovers promising highly scalable startups focused on solving the world’s most fundamental challenges and helps engineer their success. 1776 focuses on startups in the most broken, entrenched industries and sectors that impact millions of lives every day – specifically education, energy, health and cities. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., it is sparking a global movement of high-growth startups driving meaningful innovation through its Challenge Cup and Startup Federation, the premiere network of incubators throughout the world. For information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @1776.