Spitfire Strategies

Ellie Klerlein

Senior Vice President

Ellie helps organizations craft strategic digital communication to achieve their policy objectives and enhance their advocacy campaigns. At Spitfire, Ellie put her digital skills to use for the Just Label It campaign pressuring big food companies to support mandatory labeling of GMOs. Ellie partnered with the Campion Foundation, Alaska Wilderness League and like-minded conservation organizations on a campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Ellie trains numerous organizations on digital strategy and implementation, including grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Office of Adolescent Health and Blank Foundation, participants in Spitfire’s Executive Training Program, and local partner organizations of the United Way and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Ellie’s skills don’t end with digital strategy. She partnered with the New Americans Campaign to provide technical assistance, storytelling, and strategic counsel to 18 markets throughout the US where organizations are working hard to encourage eligible immigrants to apply for citizenship. She helped NeighborWorks America’s Sustainable Homeownership Pilot and Family Services, Inc. refine their brands to reach new homeowner audiences. She also helped the National Council of La Raza prepare its staff for and roll out its new brand, UnidosUS. Ellie partnered with the Lown Institute to create a messaging framework to describe its important work transforming the health system in U.S. She joined a team of Spitfires in designing and implementing a training with RWJF staff to infuse equity messaging into how they talk about their work and the Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health.

Before joining Spitfire, Ellie served as the deputy digital director at the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – where she was responsible for growing the organization’s digital presence and starting its mobile/SMS program. Ellie directed advocacy and voter engagement campaigns with NCLR Affiliates and the organization’s digital activist network on national campaigns to advance immigration reform, fair housing practices and health care reform.

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Midy Aponte

Chief Experience Officer

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AnaChristina Arana

Account Executive

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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

Annabelle Gardner

Annabelle Gardner

Senior Account Manager

Caroline Gasparini

Caroline Gasparini

Account Coordinator

Shari Goins

Shari Goins

Senior Project Accountant

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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

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Ellie Klerlein

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Lawrence Mason III

Lawrence Mason III

Senior Account Executive

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Haley McKey

Senior Account Manager

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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

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Director

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Inga Skippings

Chief Engagement Officer

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Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

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Jami Snowden

Staff Accountant

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Heather Sullivan

Director of Operations

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Erin Uy

Vice President

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Aketa Marie Williams

Vice President

Tracie Williams

Tracie Williams

Project Accountant

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Account Executive

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