Spitfire Strategies

Spitfire Spotlight: Beth Kanter, Senior Vice President

What has been your proudest moment/client achievement at Spitfire so far?

This past year, I worked with the Center for Community Change to help pass comprehensive immigration reform. I had the opportunity to coach and train immigrants and the children of immigrants to tell their stories and talk to the press in a way that really reframed the debate and made an impact.

What made you want to work at Spitfire?

I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area, and I moved back after graduating from Duke University. I answered an advertisement in the Washington Post for a PR Intern at an agency that worked on progressive causes – even though at the time I had no idea what PR was. As it turned out, my very first boss was Kristen Grimm, who would eventually start Spitfire. Fast forward 13 years. I was working in Chicago, and after having my first child, decided I really wanted to move back home. I started checking around, and heard that Kristen had started her own firm. I got in touch with Kristen and with Gwyn (Spitfire’s COO), who I’d also known from way back, and here I am!

What is the best thing about working here?

It seems like a cliché, but it’s hard to decide between the smart, fun, passionate people I get to work with, and the fact that every day I get to take on issues that matter and make me feel like I’m making a real difference. Where else can you work on everything from women’s economic security to LGBT rights to health care education? Any day, one of our clients could make headlines for doing something amazing and that really does help make the world a better place.

If you could give nonprofits one piece of advice about communication what would it be?

Even if you don’t think your organization is vulnerable, believe me, you will be well served to have a crisis communication plan in place so you’re never caught flat footed.

Cats or dogs?

Easy. Dogs. Take one look at my Goldendoodle, Roxy – how could you resist that face?

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