Spitfire Strategies

Aketa Marie Williams

Director

A talented strategic thinker and tactician, Aketa has over dozen years of experience in communication strategy, message development, crisis communications, and political communications. She helps her clients achieve their vision of a better world through smart messaging across a range of issues, including education, consumer protection and the arts. She has helped a variety of organizations develop and hone their messaging to capture the attention of target audiences and move one step closer to their goal.

Currently, Aketa is focused on efforts to improve educational outcomes for all students so that more children can access the American dream. Among her clients are grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that are improving teacher preparation and public charter school authorizing through innovative strategies and research driven evaluations.

Prior to joining Spitfire, Aketa was the director of strategic engagement for the US Department of Education’s Office of the Under Secretary in the Obama administration. As the director of strategic outreach and appropriations for the Department’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, she developed critical messaging and tactics for the administration to connect with key congressional caucuses and appropriators. Aketa worked on Capitol Hill with U.S. representatives Marcia L. Fudge and Cedric Richmond. She also worked on consumer protection and education issues for the former speaker pro tempore of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

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