Spitfire Strategies

Jenny Kern

Vice President

Along with more than a decade of experience in strategic communication, nonprofit advocacy, politics and public affairs, Jenny Kern brings a contagious enthusiasm to her work at Spitfire. She is an expert in issues ranging from education to the environment to public health and criminal justice reform and has a knack for turning complex information into concise and compelling messages.

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, 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 clients, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, New Teacher Center, Create CA and California Education Partners.

Jenny leads Spitfire’s team that provides strategic communication support to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grantees across the country that are working to protect and advance important education reforms. In California, Jenny works with grantees such as the CORE Districts to develop stories that bring to life the impact of its work and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) to improve its communication planning around report releases. Jenny also leads Spitfire’s ongoing communications coaching of the Foundation’s five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers that bring together diverse schools of thought to improve the field of teacher preparation and ensure we are quickly moving toward a reality where all students have the support they need to succeed.

Working with New Teacher Center, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and California State University, Jenny led the effort to launch the inaugural Better Together: California Teachers Summit in 2015. With Spitfire’s communication and outreach support, this first-of-its kind day of learning led by teachers, for teachers drew more than 10,000 teachers across the state in its first year. In 2016 and 2017, organizers brought Spitfire back to support the second and third annual Summits, which expanded to more sites and engaged a growing and diverse coalition of partners. The team is again working with organizers to make the fourth annual Summit even better.

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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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