Spitfire Strategies

Challenge stereotypes…and other lessons from the immigration fight

By Lauryn Fanguen, Frank Karel Fellow Lauryn Fanguen is one of eight scholars chosen for this year’s Frank Karel Fellowship, which encourages first-generation and minority students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public interest communications. Read more about Lauryn here. The Trump administration’s rhetoric and policies around immigration, including the… (read more)

Shaping the Next Generation of Social Impact Communicators

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  When people ask Lauryn Fanguen what she did with her summer vacation, she’s going to have a lot to talk about. Lauryn is one of eight scholars chosen for this year’s Frank Karel Fellowship, which encourages first-generation and minority students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public… (read more)

Five Lessons Learned from Reclaim Your Vote

Jackeline Stewart

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)

Five Lessons from the Digital Muslim Ban

Hannah Berkman

By Hannah Berkman
Director

Jennifer Carnig

By Jennifer Carnig
Senior Vice President

  The Trump administration’s relentless assault against immigrants suffered a blow in May, thanks to the tireless work of a coalition of digital civil rights advocates—and Spitfire was honored to support them. In the summer of 2017, on the heels of President Trump’s draconian Muslim travel ban, the U.S. Department… (read more)

Amplifying the power of youth movements

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Young people take center stage as Spitfire brings their voices to the forefront.  Annabelle Gardner believes in the power of young people to change the world. A devoted advocate for youth — particularly in the areas of mental health and foster care — Annabelle feels strongly that young people impacted… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Mandi Osoba

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Mandi Osoba knows who she works for. Sure, Spitfire writes her paycheck, but as Vice President of Talent Development, Mandi considers herself the consultant to the staff, making sure they have everything they need to do their best work and deliver exceptional results for Spitfire’s clients.  To Mandi, that means… (read more)

Putting the Thought into Thought Leadership

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Every month, Spitfire hosts a strategy lab where we discuss best practices or hear from external experts to improve our craft and make us smarter. For the March strategy lab, we held a special alumni edition, inviting former Spitfires to join current staff and explore a topic. Former Spitfire @KarleyKranich,… (read more)

How to Use Psychographics for Good

Beth Kanter

By Beth Kanter
Chief Strategy Officer

Data is inherently neutral. How you obtain data and what you do with it is what makes it good or evil. That’s at the center of the recent firestorm with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm founded by Steve Bannon and Republican megadonor, Robert Mercer. On behalf of… (read more)

Making History

A conversation with Spitfire President Kristen Grimm on the historic achievements of women — past, present and future.  It is well worth celebrating the accomplishments of women during Women’s History Month, but the fact is that women are making history every single day. That’s how Kristen Grimm sees it. Amy… (read more)

The People Who Give Spitfire Our Spark: Midy Aponte

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Being patrolled by armed military guards at a conference gala in Latin America. Getting driven through the dark of night in Kampala, Uganda, unable to see anything through the tinted windows of a beat-up Toyota Corolla except for fire pits burning in remote villages. It’s all in a day’s work… (read more)

“This is a truly transformative program and there is no question that it is preparing leaders to be courageous communicators.”

- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

Five Lessons from the Digital Muslim Ban

Hannah Berkman

By Hannah Berkman
Director

Jennifer Carnig

By Jennifer Carnig
Senior Vice President

  The Trump administration’s relentless assault against immigrants suffered a blow in May, thanks to the tireless work of a coalition of digital civil rights advocates—and Spitfire was honored to support them. In the summer of 2017, on the heels of President Trump’s draconian Muslim travel ban, the U.S. Department… (read more)

Five Lessons Learned from Reclaim Your Vote

Jackeline Stewart

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)

Making History

A conversation with Spitfire President Kristen Grimm on the historic achievements of women — past, present and future.  It is well worth celebrating the accomplishments of women during Women’s History Month, but the fact is that women are making history every single day. That’s how Kristen Grimm sees it. Amy… (read more)

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