Spitfire Strategies

Jennifer Carnig

Chief Advocacy Officer

Jennifer Carnig is a senior-level communications professional and award-winning journalist. A member of Spitfire’s leadership team, Jen runs the firm’s New York City office and leads its work on equity, diversity and inclusion. On the client side, she runs the firm’s racial justice and legal advocacy work, with clients including the Ford Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Demos, the Bard Prison Initiative, the Innocence Project and the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights.

Jen joined Spitfire from the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York’s leading civil rights organization, where she served as director of communications for eight years. Under her leadership, the NYCLU created change on issues including stop-and-frisk, solitary confinement, the rights of transgender kids, and education for undocumented youth.

A frequent advocate for working mothers and reproductive rights, Jen went undercover while five months pregnant to expose the misleading and harmful tactics of crisis pregnancy centers. Jen’s City Council testimony and New York Daily News op-ed were quoted in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision protecting New Yorkers from these centers.

Jen excels at bringing challenging issues into the mainstream and finding commonsense messaging that unites both the left and the right on the need for action. Her cutting-edge tactics also earned recognition as a Webby Award honoree for Stop and Frisk Watch, the internationally recognized police accountability video app.

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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

Melissa Blair

Melissa Blair

Director

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

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 Manager

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

Senior 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

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By Claire de Leon
Director

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Chief Engagement Officer

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Caroline Gasparini

By Caroline Gasparini
Account Coordinator

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