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Jenny Kern

Senior Vice President

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Jenny brings more than 15 years of experience in strategic communication, nonprofit advocacy, politics, and public affairs, as well as a contagious enthusiasm for her work at Spitfire. Driven by the difference educators made in her own life and her experiences as the mother of a 4-year-old, Jenny focuses much of her work collaborating with clients to improve education and better support families.

Relationship building is at the center of everything Jenny does. Whether she’s providing strategic counsel to a client, working closely with the media to help shape a story, or facilitating a coalition meeting, Jenny takes the time to understand the individual needs of those she’s working with and responds carefully. She brings this philosophy to her work with her clients.

Jenny’s portfolio at Spitfire spans early learning, K-12, and higher education. While she speaks Edu-wonk, she’s constantly working with her clients to translate complex information into accessible and compelling messages. Jenny is particularly energized by working with clients on their brand strategy to capture and communicate the essence of their organization – the core ideas that they live by and actualize. She’s happiest when she’s coaching her clients and seeing them become sharper communicators. Right now, she’s geeking out as she learns more about the power and importance of values-based and asset-based messages to move audiences to action.

Jenny is proud to be collaborating with the First Five Policy Center to support the All Together Now, a statewide movement to prioritize children in policy and budget decisions. She was particularly excited to launch the English Learner Roadmap Resource Hub with the Advancement Project, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Californians Together, Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL), Early Edge California, The Education Trust-West and the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL).

Jenny leads the Spitfire team that provides strategic communication for the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation’s postsecondary grantees in the Scaling Partners Network. The Network is comprised of organizations working together under the principle that greater connection and coordinated action will enable the higher education field to scale innovations faster, more efficiently and with deeper impact. Eager for an up-close chance to support institutional transformation, Jenny is energized by her work with the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

Prior to joining Spitfire, Jenny led the PR & Company’s education practice and directed work for Early Edge California, the Partnership for Children and Youth, and the California PTA. Jenny cut her teeth at the Drug Policy Alliance. In addition to developing policies and messages, Jenny has served as a spokesperson with outlets including CNN, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek.