Spitfire Strategies

Jennifer Carnig

Senior Vice President

Jennifer Carnig is a senior-level communications professional and award-winning journalist with more than 15 years communications expertise. Jen manages Spitfire’s New York City office and leads work on issues including civil rights, civil liberties, racial justice, criminal justice reform and the relationship between technology and human rights. Her clients include the Ford Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU.

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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Midy Aponte

Midy Aponte

Senior Vice President

Jae Aron

Jae Aron

Senior Account Manager

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

Training Coordinator

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 Executive

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

Kerry Leslie

Kerry Leslie

Director

Sydney McKenney

Sydney McKenney

Senior Account Executive of Creative

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon

Senior Account Manager

Fendi Nixon

Fendi Nixon

Junior Accountant

Mandi Osoba

Mandi Osoba

Vice President of Talent Development

Sherice Perry

Sherice Perry

Vice President

Prita Piekara

Prita Piekara

Director of External Engagement

Dennis Poplin

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Jackeline Stewart

Jackeline Stewart

Vice President

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Operations Executive

Jen Thom

Jen Thom

Vice President

Spitfire Spotlight: Sherice Perry

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  The opportunity to engage in youth sports shaped Sherice Perry’s entire life. She didn’t receive formal training in the sports she loved until she went to middle school, where the combination of sports and education showed her that when people are given an opportunity, their potential is limitless. “I love that… (read more)

Challenge stereotypes…and other lessons from the immigration fight

By Lauryn Fanguen, Frank Karel Fellow Lauryn Fanguen is one of eight scholars chosen for this year’s Frank Karel Fellowship, which encourages first-generation and minority students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public interest communications. Read more about Lauryn here. The Trump administration’s rhetoric and policies around immigration, including the… (read more)

Shaping the Next Generation of Social Impact Communicators

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  When people ask Lauryn Fanguen what she did with her summer vacation, she’s going to have a lot to talk about. Lauryn is one of eight scholars chosen for this year’s Frank Karel Fellowship, which encourages first-generation and minority students to consider professional opportunities in the field of public… (read more)

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