Spitfire Strategies

Ellie Klerlein

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

Senior Vice President

AnaChristina Arana

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

Shari Goins

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

Director of External Engagement

Dennis Poplin

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey

Senior Account Executive

Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross

Account Executive

Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi

Director

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Operations Executive

Jen Thom

Jen Thom

Vice President

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Account Coordinator

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