Spitfire Strategies

Kristen Grimm

President

As the founder and president of Spitfire Strategies, Kristen Grimm has extensive experience conceiving, implementing and managing smart programs that create lasting social change. She has helped hundreds of nonprofits and foundations develop winning communication and campaign strategies to spur action around some of today’s most pressing problems – and inspire many more people to get involved. She has reformed, reframed and re-imagined critical issues ranging from restoring the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill to protecting Americans’ online privacy rights to making sure all kids have access to a good education, nutritious food and quality health care. Kristen also trains. A lot. She enjoys teaching others the tricks of her trade and helping them reach those a-ha moments that give oomph to their communication and campaign efforts. She is the mastermind behind Spitfire’s Smart Chart, Just Enough Planning Guide and Discovering the Activation Point, among other big think pieces. She loves creating messages and master narratives that resonate – especially when the good guys use them to shut down their opposition and the naysayers. She thinks fast in a crisis, is deft at drawing phenomenal visionary speech out of nonprofit leaders and is someone you want in your corner when you’re ready to go big.

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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

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

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)

Throwback Thursday: Thinking Through Communication Conundrums

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  One of the best jobs I ever had was at Exploration Summer Camp (their motto: where you make summer meaningful), where I worked from ages 18-21. As counselors, we made up classes to teach and we did activities in the afternoon. One day, I found myself co-leading a contraception… (read more)

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