Spitfire Strategies

Midy Aponte

Senior Vice President

Based in Denver, CO, Midy’s portfolio at Spitfire addresses domestic public education reform, equity and multiculturalism in the U.S., and advocacy for Internet freedom through civil society organizations in Latin America and Africa with clients such as The New Teacher Center, The Aspen Institute, and the Ford Foundation. She’s also focused on advancing critical environmental priorities and climate change agendas with The Campion Fund, Earthjustice, ClimateWorks and the Climate Action Reserve. Lastly, she recently helped secure a partnership with the national non-profit, Upwardly Global. Upwardly Global is focused on helping work-authorized, skilled immigrants from Africa and the Middle East rebuild their professional careers in the U.S.

Midy is a communication strategist and generalist by trade; and a futurist at heart. Her career spans the public and private sector, and has often intersected with pressing policy and social issues affecting societal systems. She is nationally recognized for her ability to devise local, state and national campaign strategies that are sustainable, creatively conceptualized and smartly implemented. As a result, she is well respected among corporate representatives, political thought-leaders, community advocates and next-generation Millennial influencers.

Midy’s work experience began in 1999 in Miami, FL where she worked for more than six years in public health communication for Golin, an international communication agency headquartered in Chicago. Here she was part of the team that created the nationally recognized youth-led anti-tobacco movement, truth. After moving to Washington, D.C. in 2004, she joined the reputation management firm, Walker Marchant, and gained valuable experience in litigation communication for Fortune 500 companies such as Eli Lilly, Tyco, Arbitron and Best Buy.

In 2009, she became a small business owner and founded her own consultancy, aimed at building content curation strategies for reaching Hispanic audiences through social media. Her clients included the National Council of La Raza, AARP, AOL Latino/Huffington Post, Centers for Disease Control and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.

Between 2011 and 2014, Midy served as the Founding Executive Director of the American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF) of the National Park Foundation. Her charge was to build a national non-profit fund, ALHF, and inspire awareness of historic preservation, outdoor recreation, and conservation and stewardship of national parks among American Latino audiences. Here she collaborated with the Obama Administration, the Department of Interior and the National Park Service on several initiatives aimed at preserving American Latino history, and provided counsel on the public launch of the National Park Service’s theme study: American Latinos and the Making of the United States. The effort included work with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary series, Latino Americans, and collaboration with the national coalition, FRIENDS of the Latino Museum.

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Midy Aponte

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

Arden Grady

Arden Grady

Senior Account Manager

Kristen Grimm

Kristen Grimm

President

Erin B. Hart

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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Director

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Senior Vice President

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