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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 have worked on seven different trainings, but my favorites include the Executive Training Program and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Strategic Communication Training. These trainings opened my eyes to so many foundations and nonprofits that strive to make a difference. They also showed me some of the challenges these organizations face.

What made you want to be a Spitfire?

Growing up, my family always taught me to give back. I spent the majority of my youth volunteering at churches, community service projects and local nonprofits. Working at Spitfire gives me the opportunity to continue to give back in a meaningful way and put into practice Spitfire’s mission to “spark change.” Spitfire truly values our clients and pushes everyone within the organization to deliver excellent results based on the client’s needs.

Where were you before Spitfire?

After graduating from college I had the opportunity to work at a PR firm in Baltimore; but most recently I was the marketing coordinator at the Endocrine Society in Washington D.C. In this role, I helped with the planning and management of strategic marketing tactics and logistics for the organization’s 18,000 members from over 120 countries. I developed descriptive copy and content for email campaigns and updated marketing calendars. My goal was to ensure efficiency for their members through marketing efforts while coordinating projects within the department.

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

I enjoy telling people that I am a “Ribs Connoisseur.” On the weekends, I travel to rib shacks in D.C. and Maryland and evaluates their seasonings and sauces. My favorite spots, so far, are Taste This in Baltimore and SmokeShack Ribs in Fort Washington.

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