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 changing and never boring – I’ve written rapid-response opinion pieces on the latest health care bills, created social media content for coalitions and even helped with research on increasing attendance at a state zoo! And the best part is, I’m getting added to new projects all the time and learning new things every second of every day.
What made you want to be a Spitfire?
The people, hands down. When you’re spending your day surrounded by so many smart, talented (not to mention fun!) people, the work flies by. I also love writing and editing – and was excited about the opportunity to put these skills to work on meaningful issues – from fighting climate change to women’s rights and civil liberties. Now more than ever, I feel compelled to take action, and I know that Spitfires all share my drive for doing good.
Where were you before Spitfire?
I was living across the pond in London, England, where I got my master’s in politics and communication at the London School of Economics last fall. It was an amazing program that combined my dual interests in media and politics and gave me a chance to reflect on politics at home from an international perspective. And of course, I traveled around England and Europe as much as I could – and spent more than my fair share of time in pubs!
Before moving to London, I spent three years working in communication in D.C. Most recently, I helped run health communications at Rescue Social Change Group, a behavior change marketing firm. While at Rescue, I developed collateral materials and led communication and media outreach for Rev Your Bev, a statewide public health campaign in Virginia to raise awareness about the health impact of sugary drinks. The experience solidified my interest in public health as a social justice issue. Prior to that, I worked in electoral politics, writing direct mail for Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club and other campaigns during the 2012 election cycle. I also worked in digital communication, helping with strategy and fundraising for major nonprofits and political candidates during the 2014 midterm elections.
What’s your favorite activity to do in D.C.?
That’s a tough one. I’d say it’s a toss-up between going to a Washington Nationals game with friends and going to a happy hour. I love history, so I feel lucky to have so many museums (which also happen to be FREE) right around the corner from me.
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