Spitfire Strategies

Kerry Leslie

Director

A passionate advocate for environmental and social health and justice, Kerry uses her research savvy, imagination and keen editor’s eye to help her clients spark social change. Her previous experience working with Spanish-speaking children and their families at Family Building Blocks in Oregon, taught her that creativity and thinking outside the box are essential for good communication.

Kerry loves serving as a liaison for clients and keeps projects moving forward through her professionalism and responsiveness. Often she dives in to organizations’ communication teams as a surrogate member, from groups like The California Wellness Foundation, to the Walton Family Foundation’s Environment program and the Better Together: California Teachers Summit coalition. Both in these honorary roles and as a trusted outside partner, she helps foundations and nonprofits weave their messages into emotional and compelling – and occasionally spunky – stories and social media posts.

A researcher at her roots, Kerry has a knack for distilling coherent themes from the maze of media and online discussions, stakeholder interviews, and clients’ own materials on issues from public health to economic and social inequality, environmental advocacy, and reproductive rights in the U.S. and abroad. With this skill, she has created thorough landscape analyses and strategic recommendations to support campaigns and messaging for organizations like AAPIP, Colorado Opportunity Project and The Packard Foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health grantees. She has also used her deft research skills to co-produced robust analyses of foundations’ stakeholder perceptions and visions around international stewardship in the Gulf of Mexico and nation-wide environmental justice challenges.

Kerry also uses her digital smarts to help clients amplify their message and impact by being smart online communicators – from crafting and implementing a powerful social and digital strategy for the California Teachers Summit team two years in a row to coaching state health care advocacy groups on how to use social media to tap into and connect with hard-to-reach communities. She continually supports clients and her colleagues by providing counsel on digital and social media strategy and analysis. And to satiate her own constant curiosity and help her fellow Spitfires and clients stay up on the latest, she also blogs on current digital trends.

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Midy Aponte

Midy Aponte

Senior Vice President

AnaChristina Arana

AnaChristina Arana

Account Coordinator

Jae Aron

Jae Aron

Senior Account Manager

Alexander Boykin

Alexander Boykin

Learning Programs Specialist

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 Manager

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

Haley McKey

Haley McKey

Senior Account Executive

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon

Senior Account Manager

Fendi Nixon

Fendi Nixon

Junior Accountant

Sherice Perry

Sherice Perry

Vice President

Prita Piekara

Prita Piekara

Director of External Engagement

Dennis Poplin

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey

Senior Account Executive

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn Smith

Account Executive

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan

Operations Executive

Jen Thom

Jen Thom

Vice President

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