Spitfire Strategies

Jill Fitzsimmons

Director

With extensive experience at the intersection of advocacy, research and strategic communication, Jill knows what it takes to achieve results for Spitfire’s clients. She has a knack for crafting compelling messages and engaging content to spur action on today’s critical issues.

At Spitfire, Jill designs and executes communication strategies for clients such as The California Wellness Foundation and Hope and Heal Fund, a pooled fund to combat gun violence in California. She partners with advocates fighting for safe drinking water, clean air and healthy oceans. She has worked with healthcare advocates across the country to expand access to quality, affordable care through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Consumer Voices for Coverage initiative. Jill also works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and New Teacher Center on the Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a first-of-its kind event that drew more than 10,000 teachers in its first year. 

Prior to joining Spitfire, Jill was the Deputy Research Director at NextGen Climate, where she developed strategies to elect climate champions and propel climate change to the forefront of our national political dialogue. She was also an integral part of NextGen’s campaign to change the conversation around the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and educate decision makers about the dangers of tar sands development.

Jill also served as a consultant to the Risky Business Project, providing communication support around the release of a first-of-its-kind economic risk assessment of climate change in California.

Jill honed her research and communication skills at Media Matters for America, where she worked to improve the quality and quantity of environmental coverage in the national press. Her work led to measurable increases in climate coverage and was featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and POLITICO.

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Midy Aponte

Senior Vice President

Jae Aron

Jae Aron

Senior Account Executive

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

Training Coordinator

Jennifer Carnig

Jennifer Carnig

Senior Vice President

Rupal Desai

Rupal Desai

Executive Assistant

Mark Dessauer

Mark Dessauer

Vice President

Alvin Findlay

Alvin Findlay

Controller

Kevin Forster

Kevin Forster

Chief Financial Officer

Emily Gardner

Emily Gardner

Vice President

Annabelle Gardner

Annabelle Gardner

Senior Account Executive

Shari Goins

Shari Goins

Project Accountant

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Arden Grady

Senior Account Manager

Kristen Grimm

Kristen Grimm

President

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Erin B. Hart

Chief Innovation Officer

Kristiana Jordan

Kristiana Jordan

Account Coordinator

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter

Chief Strategy Officer

Jenny Kern

Jenny Kern

Vice President

Liv Kittel

Liv Kittel

Director

Ellie Klerlein

Ellie Klerlein

Vice President

Kerry Leslie

Kerry Leslie

Senior Account Manager

Sydney McKenney

Sydney McKenney

Account Executive of Creative

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon

Senior Account Executive

Fendi Nixon

Fendi Nixon

Junior Accountant

Mandi Osoba

Mandi Osoba

Vice President of Talent Development

Sherice Perry

Sherice Perry

Vice President

Prita Piekara

Prita Piekara

Director of External Engagement

Dennis Poplin

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Coordinator

Jackeline Stewart

Jackeline Stewart

Vice President

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Operations Executive

Jen Thom

Jen Thom

Director

Shadya Tuason

Shadya Tuason

Account Executive

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By Hannah Berkman
Director

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By Jennifer Carnig
Senior Vice President

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By Jackeline Stewart
Vice President

  Voter intimidation is nothing new, but people have been hearing President Trump’s false allegations of widespread voter fraud — often laced with racially coded language connecting voter fraud to urban and immigrant communities — since his 2016 campaign. The launch of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in… (read more)

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