Emily Gardner crafts smart strategy, compelling messaging, and winning pitches for clients working on issues ranging from environmental restoration and basic research to immigration reform and health care access.
Through extensive branding and messaging work with the Walton Family Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Emily has developed an expertise in building effective communication strategies for family foundations and their grantees. Emily has a passion for telling stories; she loves translating complicated research into real-world narratives and writing persuasive op-eds that move audiences to action.
Prior to joining Spitfire, Emily worked at The SEED Foundation, an organization that opens and operates inner-city, public boarding schools in underserved communities. Previously, Emily worked at Slate, helping to launch new projects and writing articles.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Emily graduated from American University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish. She is an avid Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals fan.