Spitfire Strategies named communications veteran Jen Carnig as its next president. After founding Spitfire and leading the firm for 21 years, Kristen Grimm has transitioned into a role as the firm’s founder and strategist.
“I founded Spitfire to drive meaningful change,” said Grimm. “Today, there is no one better suited to lead this charge than my colleague, longtime Spitfire and movement leader Jen Carnig. While I am not going anywhere, I am making space for us to grow and change as a firm, and often the best way to do so is to change who is in charge. I am so grateful to have such an experienced and proven leader in Jen and such a strong leadership team whose commitment to Spitfire to enable me to focus on the projects close to my heart.”
Throughout her career and life, states a release, “Carnig has maintained her role as a fierce advocate for social justice and a strategist for organizations working on the ground to advance real change. Prior to joining Spitfire eight years ago, Carnig served as the director of communications for the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she led efforts on issues of policing and is largely responsible for the narrative change around “stop and frisk.” Beyond her continued work on policing, her leadership and commitment to the field has helped shift perspectives and advance change regarding some of the most complex issues impacting our communities, including reproductive rights and justice, criminal legal reform, and the intersection of technology and rights. At Spitfire, Carnig has nurtured trusted partnerships with leading voices in the field — leading the development and implementation of communications strategies for everyone from Ben & Jerry’s and the American Civil Liberties Union to the Ford and MacArthur foundations.”
As Spitfire’s president, continues the release, “Carnig will continue to serve Spitfire clients with her expertise and passion while guiding the firm’s overall strategy and team. As founder and strategist, Grimm will focus her efforts on launching a new research project to study what social trust is and how it is built in an effort to inform the field and help civil society organizations cultivate deep trust in the face of disinformation and propaganda.”