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Jenny Kern

Managing Senior Vice President

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Jenny brings experience in strategic communication, nonprofit advocacy, politics, and public affairs as well as a contagious enthusiasm for her work at Spitfire. She focuses much of her work on collaborating with clients to improve education and better support families. Her portfolio spans early learning, K-12 and higher education. While she speaks edu-wonk, she works with clients to translate complex information into accessible, compelling messages.

Relationship building is at the center of everything she does. Whether she’s providing strategic counsel to a client, working closely with the media to help shape a story or facilitating a coalition meeting, Jenny takes the time to understand the individual needs of those she’s working with and responds carefully. Jenny is happiest when she’s coaching her clients and seeing them become sharper communicators. Her clients at Spitfire include the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy, California Education Partners, California Community Colleges and Stupski Foundation, among many others since 2014.

Prior to joining Spitfire, Jenny led the PR & Company’s education practice and directed work for Early Edge California, the Partnership for Children and Youth, and the California PTA. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and cut her teeth at the Drug Policy Alliance. In addition to developing policies and messages, Jenny has served as a spokesperson for such outlets as CNN, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Newsweek.