Spitfire Strategies

Meet the New Spitfires

Spitfire is expanding its ranks of talented communication experts and we are delighted to welcome the five newest members of our team.

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., award-winning journalist Jennifer Carnig joins Spitfire as a vice president. Jen previously served as director of communications for the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), where she worked to reform policies on issues ranging from stop-and-frisk to solitary confinement to youth incarceration. Jen’s efforts garnered national and state-wide media attention for NYCLU’s work, helping to frame and drive the political debate. She earned an honoree Webby Award in 2013 for Stop and Frisk Watch, the internationally recognized police accountability video app.

Also joining as a vice president, Mark Dessauer brings 15 years of experience creating community change and a passion for helping nonprofits use strategic communication to increase their impact. Mark comes to Spitfire’s learning team from his role as director of communications for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, where he developed and implemented communication strategies to support efforts ranging from healthy food systems to oral health and greater access to care. Mark first connected with Spitfire as a participant in a strategic communication training we held as part of our work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Representing Active Living by Design – a RWJF grantee at the time – Mark guided other participants through Spitfire’s annual training, and helped them develop their stories for national and local media. Now he’ll create new capacity building opportunities for grantees. A resident of Durham, N.C., Mark puts his commitment to community change into practice by working to make his city more walkable, bikeable and healthier for all residents.

Lauren Werner joins us as a director in Spitfire’s Washington, D.C. office. Lauren has a wide breadth of communication experience that includes working with government agencies, clients in educational assessment, institutions of higher education, and business-to-business and national consumer outreach accounts. No matter the mission or audience, Lauren brings ideas to life. Previously, Lauren oversaw outreach activities for programs of the U.S. Department of Education at Hager Sharp, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (aka The Nation’s Report Card) and the Program for International Student Assessment. PR News honored Lauren as one of its 15-to-Watch in 2012, a national competition for creative professionals and leaders. A Villanova graduate, Lauren began her career in public relations at Tierney, a full-service agency based in Philadelphia.

Jessica Neal joins Spitfire’s D.C. team as a senior account manager. She comes to us from the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), where she served as campaign communications coordinator. While there, Jessica developed messaging, cultivated media relationships, and wrote op-eds and press releases for UFCW initiatives and campaigns. Previously, she was a communications associate for the NAACP’s Voting Rights Initiative. Jessica holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.A. in Communications from Trinity University.

Regina Moore, a new senior account manager, comes to Spitfire’s D.C. team from Population Services International (PSI), a global health organization and frequent Spitfire collaborator. At PSI, Regina managed external relations around the organization’s sexual and reproductive health portfolio, as well as communication trainings for the more than 65 countries within its network.

She regularly traveled to deliver communication and advocacy planning workshops, and used principles from Spitfire’s Smart Chart to create strategies for international communication efforts. Bitten by the travel bug, Regina visited more than 15 countries with PSI and travels frequently on her own time. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has made Washington, D.C. her home. Still, as a fourth generation San Franciscan, her heart will always be in the City by the Bay.

“This has been a tremendous eye opener. It shows us how to pull the aspects of communications skills, from the message, to the audience. It forced us to identify our strengths and our weaknesses in an effort to become more strategic in how we prepare our messages and communicate them.”

- Training Participant

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