Spitfire Strategies

Spitfire Spotlight: Beth Kanter

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  Beth Kanter comes by her dedication to social justice naturally, following in the footsteps of her mother, a teacher who was extremely active with her union. One of Beth’s earliest political memories goes back to her childhood, when she stuffed envelopes for a neighbor who was running for county… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Sherice Perry

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  The opportunity to engage in youth sports shaped Sherice Perry’s entire life. She didn’t receive formal training in the sports she loved until she went to middle school, where the combination of sports and education showed her that when people are given an opportunity, their potential is limitless. “I love that… (read more)

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

  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)

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- Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

An E.D.’s Guide to Essential Strategic Communication Know-How, Compliments of Spitfire’s Executive Leadership Program

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  I’ve been working with a number of new executive directors this past year. After years of hard work, or in some instances, after waking up from a dream about a new organization that MUST exist, these people found themselves with all eyes on them. From the moment they updated… (read more)

In 2019, Look for Opportunities You Might Have Missed This Year

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

People often ask me: What is one thing we can do better to use communications more strategically? Easy answer: Never miss opportunities to use the communications you’re already doing to your greatest advantage. As you go into 2019, put this on your to-do list. You won’t regret it. Here’s a… (read more)

COAL + ICE: Overcoming Barriers to Spark Climate Action

AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

  “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from the [IPCC] report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working… (read more)

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