Spitfire Strategies

Jenny Kern

Vice President

Along with more than a decade of experience in strategic communication, nonprofit advocacy, politics and public affairs, Jenny Kern brings a contagious enthusiasm to her work at Spitfire. She is an expert in issues ranging from education to the environment to public health and criminal justice reform and has a knack for turning complex information into concise and compelling messages.

Relationship building is at the center of everything Jenny does. Whether she’s providing strategic counsel to a client, working closely with the media to help shape a story or facilitating a coalition, Jenny takes the time to understand the individual needs of those she’s working with and responds carefully. She brings this philosophy to her work with clients, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, New Teacher Center, Create CA and California Education Partners.

Jenny leads Spitfire’s team that provides strategic communication support to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grantees across the country that are working to protect and advance important education reforms. In California, Jenny works with grantees such as the CORE Districts to develop stories that bring to life the impact of its work and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) to improve its communication planning around report releases. Jenny also leads Spitfire’s ongoing communications coaching of the Foundation’s five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers that bring together diverse schools of thought to improve the field of teacher preparation and ensure we are quickly moving toward a reality where all students have the support they need to succeed.

Working with New Teacher Center, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and California State University, Jenny led the effort to launch the inaugural Better Together: California Teachers Summit in 2015. With Spitfire’s communication and outreach support, this first-of-its kind day of learning led by teachers, for teachers drew more than 10,000 teachers across the state in its first year. In 2016 and 2017, organizers brought Spitfire back to support the second and third annual Summits, which expanded to more sites and engaged a growing and diverse coalition of partners. The team is again working with organizers to make the fourth annual Summit even better.

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