As an influential communicator with a strong political background, Maggie provides strategy, writing, media outreach to a variety of Spitfire’s clients. She helps bring complex issues to life by making them understandable and relatable for non-expert audiences – a skill she uses on a daily basis through her work on topics such as education, affordable healthcare and environmental conservation.
With a decade of experience, Maggie has worked with some of the country’s largest nonprofits, funders and Fortune 500 companies meet their policy, behavior change and fundraising goals. Maggie uses strategic storytelling to help her clients effect real change. Previously, Maggie worked with a coalition of LGBT organizations to galvanize the LGBT community around the need for immigration reform and used personal stories about how members of the community are uniquely affected by our nation’s current policies. Maggie also worked to help families that have been torn apart by our broken immigration policies to share their stories about the immediate need for comprehensive immigration reform. As part of this work, Maggie helped organize a rally of 100,000 immigrant families and supporters to urge Congress to finally pass comprehensive reform. The event received coverage in papers across the country, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Maggie also provided strategic guidance and implementation support to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as it developed a strategy to announce its new vision to build a Culture of Health internally and externally. As part of that work, Maggie helped develop messages for staff to consistently talk about the Foundation’s new direction, trained senior staff on how to be compelling ambassadors for a Culture of Health and oversaw the development of the Culture of Health storybank.
Before joining Spitfire, Maggie worked as a government relations consultant at a boutique lobbying firm that advocated on behalf of nonprofit universities and scientific associations. That’s where Maggie learned how to persuasively communicate with lawmakers and their staff and how to read and analyze legislation.
Maggie has an M.A. in applied politics from American University, where she focused on the intersection of politics and the media and how that relationship can influence public policy. She participated in the School of Public Affairs’ Campaign Management Institute, Women & Politics Institute and the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. Maggie also has a B.A. in political science from Elon University in North Carolina and studied in Costa Rica and London.