Spitfire Strategies

Gabriel Rodriguez

Senior Account Manager

Gabe applies skills and experience honed in the political and policy arenas to his work building and implementing strategies that synthesize strategic communication, community building and advocacy.

Always a fan of tackling thorny issues, Gabe is happiest diving into a complex challenge and bringing compelling messages to the surface. At Spitfire, his client projects include driving narrative change around internet freedom on the African continent and providing communication support to local immigrant rights and social justice organizations in Colorado.

Gabe previously helped found Together We Count, a nonprofit focused on preparing Colorado for the 2020 Census. He served in multiple roles for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 primary and general election campaigns, and worked on financial issues, housing and inclusive economic development for Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-IL). During his time in the Senate, Gabe was part of the team that successfully influenced the Department of Housing and Urban Development to align its guidelines on children’s blood lead levels with current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recently, Gabe helped organize a traveling public art advocacy project – by world-renowned artist JR – to support voter registration efforts in Latino communities across Georgia, Florida and Texas, which garnered local, national and international press.

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Midy Aponte

Midy Aponte

Senior Vice President

AnaChristina Arana

AnaChristina Arana

Account Executive

Hannah Berkman

Hannah Berkman

Vice President

Adam Bink

Adam Bink

Vice President

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

Learning Programs Specialist

Jennifer Carnig

Jennifer Carnig

Senior Vice President

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

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

Senior Vice President

Liv Kittel

Liv Kittel

Director

Ellie Klerlein

Ellie Klerlein

Senior 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

Senior Account Manager

Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross

Senior Account Executive

Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi

Director

Inga Skippings

Inga Skippings

Senior Vice President

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Katie Sullivan

Katie Sullivan

Senior Account Manager

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Director of Operations

Erin Uy

Erin Uy

Vice President

Aketa Marie Williams

Aketa Marie Williams

Vice President

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Account Executive

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