About Me

Years of Professional Experience


Pro-Bono Hours Donated Annually Since 2015

Cups of Coffee


Virginia Tech, Incoming Ph.D. Student: School of Public & International Affairs in Fall 2024 (Deferred to complete 1L at Rutgers Law).

Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, Incoming 1L in Fall 2023.

Georgetown University, Master of Arts: Communication, Culture, and Technology. Graduated: May 2023. GPA: 4.0. Apprenticeship in Teaching Certificate Awarded. Master’s Thesis (Passed with Distinction).

Master’s Thesis: Tech Talent and U.S. Competition Policy: An Analysis of Big Tech Hiring Practices in the Virtual Reality Sector. The thesis explores the intersection of entrepreneurial motivation and Big Tech hiring trends in the context of competition. Thesis Advisor: Dr. Diana Owen, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (CCT), Georgetown University.

Colorado State University – Global Campus, Bachelor of Science: Communications. Double Minor: Small Business Entrepreneurship & Public Administration. Graduated: May 2017. Major/Minor GPA: 4.0.


Heeren-Moon, E. (2023). Reputation, Risk, and Responsibility: Cybersecurity and Centralized Data in United States civilian federal agencies. Telecommunication Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2023.102502

Hassan, Z., Heeren-Moon, E., Sabzehali, J., Shah, V., Dietrich, C., Reed, J. Burger, E.W. (2023). Spectrum Sharing of the 12 GHz Band with Two-way Terrestrial 5G Mobile Services: Motivations, Challenges, and Opportunities. IEEE Communications Magazine. https://doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.007.2200699.

Heeren-Moon, E., Burger, E., Dillon-Merrill, R. (2023). Calculating Return on Investment in a Department of Defense Context [Paper presentation]. 20th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, Naval Postgraduate School. Monterey, CA. https://dair.nps.edu/handle/123456789/4823.

Heeren-Moon. E. (2023). Heeren-Moon on Ezrachi & Stucke, “How Big-Tech Barons Smash Innovation – and How to Strike Back.” Gnovis Journal Vol. 23. pp 141-143. https://doi.org/10.57928/5g71-x570.

Recent Projects

Public Policy Graduate Research Intern – Virginia Tech, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

July 2022 – Present

Under the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and Dr. Eric Burger, researching the policy implications and opportunities of commercial spectrum sharing on the 12 GHz frequency band as part of the SWIFT ASCENT team. Responsibilities include writing manuscripts, performing literature reviews, data mapping, and other related tasks. 

Graduate Research Assistant – Georgetown University, Communications Security Lab

September 2021 – July 2022

Responsibilities include performing literature reviews, organizing and conducting interviews, data analysis, presenting findings to stakeholders, report writing, copy-editing, and other related tasks.

Managing Editor, GNOVIS 

August 2021 – May 2023

Editorial oversight for the student-led, peer-reviewed academic journal of the Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) program at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

Founder & Author, The First Dollar Feeling Project

November 2020 – Present (As “Erika Heeren”)

The First Dollar Feeling Project is a product of my experience and connections in the business world. It is based on my first book, First Dollar Feeling: Stories from the Trenches of Small Business. The First Dollar Feeling Project is a growing collection of resources, educational opportunities, and real-life insights from business owners for current and prospective entrepreneurs to help them succeed in a changing economy. 


Research Competencies

  • Critical Thinking 99% 99%
  • Data Collection & Organization 99% 99%
  • Quantitative Methods: Statistical Analysis 90% 90%
  • Quantitative Methods: Content Analysis 90% 90%
  • Legal Research 75% 75%
  • Historical Research 90% 90%
  • Qualitative Methods: Interviewing 90% 90%
  • Qualitative Methods: Survey Analysis 90% 90%
  • Qualitative Methods: Ethnography 50% 50%

Programming Languages & Technical Skills

  • Python 60% 60%
  • Java 45% 45%
  • SQL 55% 55%
  • PHP 45% 45%
  • HTML 65% 65%
  • CSS 45% 45%
  • Unity 45% 45%
  • Adobe InDesign 90% 90%
  • Adobe Illustrator 75% 75%
  • ArcGIS 35% 35%
  • SPSS 85% 85%

Professional Skills (Marketing & Communications)

  • Grant Writing 99% 99%
  • Copy Writing 99% 99%
  • Public Speaking 90% 90%
  • Information Architecture 99% 99%
  • Search Engine Optimization 80% 80%
  • Website Design 85% 85%
  • Social Media Strategy 90% 90%
  • Public Relations 90% 90%
  • Change Management 90% 90%
  • Project Management 95% 95%
  • Crisis Communications 95% 95%
  • Marketing Analytics 95% 95%
  • Graphic Design 80% 80%

My Awards

2022 Chapter Excellence Award - Special Merit, Communications (Chair, Communications)

Award given to Communications committee of the New Jersey chapter of the American Marketing Association. At the time, I served as Committee Chair.

2021 - 2023 GNOVIS Fellowship Award - Georgetown University
2021 - 2023 Georgetown Merit Scholarship Award
2019 Women in Content Marketing Awards - Mentorship

Learn more about the award, and the winners here: http://bit.ly/WICMA2019

2019 Idaho Business Review Women of the Year

Annual award recognizes 50 outstanding women in Idaho for excellence in leadership, professional accomplishments, mentorship and community service.

2017 Idaho Press Awards: Best of 2016 - News Release Division

Top honors in the Public Relations: News Release Division for a selection of three press releases.

2013 Employee of the Year

Presented during my time as Studio Manager for Buzzbizz Creative.

2011 Suburban Newspapers of America Design Award - First Place, Best Special Section

For the design of the 4th of July 2-sided flag.

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