Spitfire Strategies

Annabelle Gardner

Director

Annabelle Gardner is passionate about increasing equity for marginalized individuals and communities. With expertise in strategic communications, coalition building, event planning and advocacy, she helps nonprofits gain supporters, raise money and create meaningful change. A firm believer in the power of storytelling and lived experience, she helps organizations curate content that changes attitudes and inspires action.

With a deep knowledge of child-serving systems, including mental health, special education, juvenile justice and foster care, Annabelle has a knack for distilling complicated ideas into actionable information – whether she’s writing a blog post, a white paper or facilitating a training. She prides herself on attention to detail and strong organizational skills, which she employs in planning one-of-a-kind events and designing eye-catching graphics and collateral.

Prior to joining Spitfire, Annabelle co-founded Young Minds Advocacy, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for increased access to quality mental health care for youth and their families. As the director of communications and development, she led the organization’s efforts to reduce stigma towards mental illness and empower youth and their allies to influence mental health policy in California. She managed two statewide collaborative projects, funded through the Mental Health Services Act, to engage transition-age youth, parents and caregivers in California’s mental health systems. Applying her grant writing and project management skills, she also secured and managed a yearlong grant from the hope and grace fund to address the unique mental health needs of young women. Annabelle also provided strategic communications support to California Youth Connection (CYC), a foster youth-led organization that transforms the foster care system through legislative and policy change. Most notably, she led the redesign of CYC’s website to increase visibility of the organization, engage target audiences and promote the voices of foster youth.

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Controller

Midy Aponte

Midy Aponte

Chief Experience Officer

AnaChristina Arana

AnaChristina Arana

Account Executive

Duncan Bartok

Duncan Bartok

Account Coordinator

Hannah Berkman

Hannah Berkman

Vice President

Adam Bink

Adam Bink

Vice President

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

Learning Programs Specialist

Kathryn Brooks

Kathryn Brooks

Director of Human Resources

Jennifer Carnig

Jennifer Carnig

Chief Advocacy Officer

Mark Dessauer

Mark Dessauer

Vice President

Sheetal Dhir

Sheetal Dhir

Vice President

Kevin Forster

Kevin Forster

Chief Financial Officer

Tonya Gardner

Tonya Gardner

Executive Assistant to Kristen Grimm

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

Kristiana Jordan

Kristiana Jordan

Senior Account Executive

Jenny Kern

Jenny Kern

Senior Vice President

Liv Kittel

Liv Kittel

Director

Ellie Klerlein

Ellie Klerlein

Senior Vice President

Lawrence Mason III

Lawrence Mason III

Senior Account Executive

Haley McKey

Haley McKey

Senior Account Manager

Jay Mimes

Jay Mimes

Senior Account Executive

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon

Senior Account Manager

Andrea Mora

Andrea Mora

Account Coordinator

Dennis Poplin

Dennis Poplin

Chief Learning Officer

Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez

Senior Account Manager

Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross

Senior Account Executive

Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi

Director

Inga Skippings

Inga Skippings

Chief Engagement Officer

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Jami Snowden

Jami Snowden

Staff Accountant

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Director of Operations

Erin Uy

Erin Uy

Vice President

Aketa Marie Williams

Aketa Marie Williams

Vice President

Tracie Williams

Tracie Williams

Project Accountant

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Account Executive

Communicating During a Crisis

Erin B. Hart

By Erin B. Hart
Chief Innovation Officer

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A Good Time to Get Good at Virtual Meetings

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

Whether you find yourself running more remote teams or are looking to responsibly react to containing pandemics, being good at virtual meetings isn’t just a valuable skill – it’s an essential one. Since I’m often asked to run strategic sessions, I’m sharing the tips I have learned over the years… (read more)

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Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

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