Spitfire Strategies

Jennifer Carnig

Senior Vice President

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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Midy Aponte

Midy Aponte

Senior Vice President

AnaChristina Arana

AnaChristina Arana

Account Coordinator

Jae Aron

Jae Aron

Senior Account Manager

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

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

Vice President

Liv Kittel

Liv Kittel

Director

Ellie Klerlein

Ellie Klerlein

Vice President

Haley McKey

Haley McKey

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

Account Executive

Nima Shirazi

Nima Shirazi

Director

Inga Skippings

Inga Skippings

Senior Vice President

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Director of Operations

Erin Uy

Erin Uy

Vice President

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Account Coordinator

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