Spitfire Strategies

Emily Gardner


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.

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By Kristen Grimm

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By Kristen Grimm

Spitfire’s special sauce is its people. They are tremendously talented and committed. We know they would never brag about themselves, so we are going to do it for them. This occasional series gives you a chance to get to know the people of Spitfire better. Enjoy. Standing Up for Communities… (read more)

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