Spitfire Strategies

Emily Gardner


Emily Gardner crafts smart strategies, compelling messaging and winning pitches for clients working on issues ranging from environmental restoration and a safer food system to immigration reform and health care access. She has helped clients like the Center for Community Change, Trust Women and the National Transgender Law Center raise their profiles, influence decision makers and spark change.

Emily has worked extensively with advocacy organizations and coalitions to build and execute effective campaigns, ranging from a coordinated effort to secure funding for Gulf Coast restoration, to a diverse coalition of advocates working toward a better Farm Bill, to a recent campaign to prevent the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Through branding and communications strategy 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 funders 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.

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How Net Neutrality Became One of America’s Favorite Things

Jennifer Carnig

By Jennifer Carnig
Senior Vice President

At Spitfire, we’ve been engaged in the fight to preserve a free and open internet for nearly a decade, so we know how far we’ve come – and how far we still have to go. We’ve always understood that achieving the big victory of permanently preserving the open internet is… (read more)

Three Ways to Take Advantage of “Political Headaches”

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm

Today, I woke up to the news that President Donald Trump had created “political headaches for Republicans,” and my immediate response was yippee. No, not because I am mean. I, for one, love when something unanticipated opens up a big fat opportunity – one I couldn’t create no matter how… (read more)

Make a difference in 2018

Mark Dessauer

By Mark Dessauer
Vice President

Volunteering offers more than a chance to network, build your skills and feel the satisfaction of doing a good deed. Serving our communities strengthens us professionally and personally, and makes us want to give back all the more, creating a virtuous cycle that helps us as much as it helps… (read more)

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