Spitfire Strategies

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Dennis has over three decades of experience as an organizer, educator and a communicator. As the director of Spitfire’s learning programs, Dennis plans and leads capacity-building trainings, facilitated strategy meetings and learning experiences for scores of foundations and nonprofits – local and national, large and small – to build organizational and personal strategic communications skills to meet their goals.

Dennis has brought Spitfire’s unique approach to developing tailored programs to a variety of nonprofits and foundation staff and grantees including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, 11th Hour Project, United Latinos/UFCW, the Emerson Collective, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, MIT Media Project, Lown Institute, Atlantic Philanthropies, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, HealthSpark Foundation, and ClimateWorks Foundation among others.

Each year, Dennis heads Spitfire’s Executive Training Program which is designed to help nonprofit leaders develop the skills and strategies needed to lead highly-communicating organizations. He has also planned communication training programs aimed at helping foundation staff integrate strategic communication into their funding strategies.

Dennis has coordinated trainings for human rights grantees of the Ford Foundation in Brazil and South Africa, the European Climate Foundation in Brussels and the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program in Beijing and an international storytelling convening for the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy. For the last 10 years, Dennis has successfully run the RWJF Strategic Communications Training Program and served as a coach, trainer and emcee for the yearlong, two-cohort program.

For each of these efforts, Dennis showcases his unique ability to assess a client’s specific needs and develop a training agenda that is customized to those needs, both in content and in skill level. Dennis recently expanded Spitfire’s training offerings to include a series of webinars focused on specific communication issues. He is an experienced trainer and works regularly with both nonprofit and foundation staff on such topics as communication planning, measuring communication impact, internal communication processes, presentation skills and strategic storytelling.

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AnaChristina Arana

Account Coordinator

Jae Aron

Jae Aron

Senior Account Manager

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

Learning Programs Specialist

Jennifer Carnig

Jennifer Carnig

Senior Vice President

Mark Dessauer

Mark Dessauer

Vice President

Alvin Findlay

Alvin Findlay

Controller

Kevin Forster

Kevin Forster

Chief Financial Officer

Annabelle Gardner

Annabelle Gardner

Senior Account Manager

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Shari Goins

Project Accountant

Kristen Grimm

Kristen Grimm

President

Erin B. Hart

Erin B. Hart

Chief Innovation Officer

Kristiana Jordan

Kristiana Jordan

Account Executive

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter

Chief Strategy Officer

Jenny Kern

Jenny Kern

Vice President

Liv Kittel

Liv Kittel

Director

Ellie Klerlein

Ellie Klerlein

Vice President

Sydney McKenney

Sydney McKenney

Senior Account Executive of Creative

Haley McKey

Haley McKey

Senior Account Executive

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon

Senior Account Manager

Sherice Perry

Sherice Perry

Vice President

Prita Piekara

Prita Piekara

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Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey

Senior Account Executive

Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross

Account Executive

Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi

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Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Operations Executive

Jen Thom

Jen Thom

Vice President

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Aaron Zeiler

Account Coordinator

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