Spitfire Strategies

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 and communications tools needed to spark change in a meaningful way.

What made you want to be a Spitfire?

I love America and am committed to leaving the country better than how I inherited it. My belief that we should live out our bedrock principals in all sectors and for all people is why I’ve dedicated my career to public service. Though I’m no longer in the public sector, at Spitfire I can invest in and support a diverse set of organizations working toward a better nation. It’s heart-work for me.

And I’m lucky that I joined the team. My colleagues are whip-smart, passionate, joyful–another reason that I enjoy coming into work.

Where were you before Spitfire?

During the Obama Administration, I was an appointee at the Department of Education, where I served for five years. Chief among my responsibilities was designing strategies and tactics to connect the department with key stakeholders, including members of Congress and their staffs, college students and high school seniors. My favorite project was expanding access to high-quality preschool for 400,000 four year-olds from families with limited means. Quality early education can change a child’s entire trajectory. Truly, that’s what all of our work was about: empowering states, districts and teachers to further open the gates of opportunity and equity in education so that all kids can thrive.

What’s your favorite activity to do in D.C.?

During the spring and fall, my family and I enjoy tracking down new parks and walking their wooded trails. When the weather gets extreme we take advantage of our museums (The National Gallery of Art is a favorite) and toddler-friendly bouncy houses.

Read the rest of Aketa’s bio here

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- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

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