Eric Cote

Project Director, Powered for Patients

Eric Cote serves as the Project Director of Powered for Patients. In this capacity, he helps establish the strategic direction for the organization working with the Board of Directors and National Advisors, and leads development and implementation of Powered for Patients initiatives. Cote is also the President of Disaster Safety Strategies, a policy, communications and advocacy firm that created Powered for Patients and serves as its management arm. As a former senior advisor and press secretary to a governor and member of Congress, Cote has a strong understanding of public policy, media relations and message development. When joined with his passion for client campaigns that promote safety, Cote’s skills are a powerful combination. Cote’s work in creating national initiatives to tackle serious disaster safety and public health preparedness challenges has earned him a reputation as an innovative thinker and creative problem solver. Cote’s experience in the disaster safety arena began in 1999 when he helped turn the Oklahoma City bombing into a catalyzing event for a life-saving American industry. With the creation of the Protecting People First Foundation (PPFF), Cote and his team developed and led a national campaign on behalf of manufacturers of protective glazing technology.