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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)

Why You Shouldn’t Say “Alternative Facts” And Other Pro Tips from Professor and Misinformation Researcher Dr. Emily Thorson

  In this era of alternat—I mean, misleading statements and misdirection, progressive political advisers, communication professionals and advocates are working overtime to combat misinformation and get out the truth. Every pundit seems to have their own theory about how the #MAGA faithful’s untruths and conspiracies spread—whether through social media bots,… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Melanie Moon, Senior Account Executive

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? Right now I am starting to work with a couple of different client teams focused on environmental conservation and social justice issues, with a focus on race and economic impact. What made you want to be a Spitfire? I was… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Alexander Boykin, Training Coordinator

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? As a training coordinator at Spitfire, I manage the logistics of Spitfire’s training workshops. My team focuses on helping foundations and nonprofits learn new ways to utilize communication as they work to spark social change. So far this year, I… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Jae Aron, Senior Account Executive

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? In my first few weeks, I’ve jumped headfirst into a wide array of projects on issues ranging from health care to economic and social justice. One of the best things about Spitfire (so far) is that the work is always… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Aketa Williams, Director

How are you sparking change as a Spitfire these days? The majority of my clients are strengthening aspects of public education so that all students have access to highly effective teachers, classroom lessons that drive results and schools that focus on their outcomes. I help them develop the smart strategies… (read more)

Nine Things NOT to Say During Your Next Presentation

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

I’ve been to a lot of gatherings lately. Some speakers made me jump to my feet and beg for an encore. Seriously. Others lost the epic battle for my attention to my iPhone. At Spitfire, I’ve prepped speakers for TED, Aspen Ideas Festival, Ignite Talks, large keynote addresses and critical… (read more)

It’s Okay If You Don’t Like “This Is Us,” But It’s Important to Know Your Audience Might

Here’s the thing: People love movies and TV shows. Even if you limit your intake of pop culture to nibbling NPR and the New Yorker, know that others – including untapped target audiences you may desperately attempt to reach – are feasting more broadly. In fact, according to recent research… (read more)

Don’t Let Your Advocacy Efforts Take a Vacation during Congress’ Summer Recess

Congress is currently on recess and won’t return to Capitol Hill until early September. But that doesn’t mean your policymaker outreach should take a recess as well! During the month of August, policymakers head home to enjoy some down time and to reconnect with constituents in their state or district…. (read more)

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

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)

Spitfire Spotlight: Get to know our newest Spitfires

There are some new faces at Spitfire, adding valuable talents and perspectives to the Spitfire team. We sat down with four of them to learn more about some of their favorite things—at work and at play.   Where were you before Spitfire? Mike Carter-Conneen Director, Washington, D.C. I spent 15… (read more)

Throwback Thursday: Thinking Through Communication Conundrums

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  One of the best jobs I ever had was at Exploration Summer Camp (their motto: where you make summer meaningful), where I worked from ages 18-21. As counselors, we made up classes to teach and we did activities in the afternoon. One day, I found myself co-leading a contraception… (read more)

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