Spitfire Strategies

Aketa Marie Williams

Vice President

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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AnaChristina Arana

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Hannah Berkman

Vice President

Adam Bink

Adam Bink

Vice President

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

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Jennifer Carnig

Senior Vice President

Mark Dessauer

Mark Dessauer

Vice President

Kevin Forster

Kevin Forster

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Tonya Gardner

Tonya Gardner

Executive Assistant to Kristen Grimm

Annabelle Gardner

Annabelle Gardner

Senior Account Manager

Caroline Gasparini

Caroline Gasparini

Account Coordinator

Shari Goins

Shari Goins

Senior Project Accountant

Kristen Grimm

Kristen Grimm

President

Erin B. Hart

Erin B. Hart

Chief Innovation Officer

Kamara Jones

Kamara Jones

Director

Kristiana Jordan

Kristiana Jordan

Senior Account Executive

Jenny Kern

Jenny Kern

Vice President

Liv Kittel

Liv Kittel

Director

Ellie Klerlein

Ellie Klerlein

Vice President

Haley McKey

Haley McKey

Senior Account Manager

Jay Mimes

Jay Mimes

Senior Account Executive

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon

Senior Account Manager

Dennis Poplin

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey

Senior Account Executive

Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez

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Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross

Account Executive

Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi

Director

Inga Skippings

Inga Skippings

Senior Vice President

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Director of Operations

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Erin Uy

Vice President

Aketa Marie Williams

Aketa Marie Williams

Vice President

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Aaron Zeiler

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