Founder and Political Director
Kristin Combs is the Political Director with Bright Spark Strategies. She brings more than 20 years of experience curating and spearheading political campaigns and political fundraising strategies. Her experience spans a broad spectrum from local ballot initiatives, millage proposals, state legislative races and recalls to statewide and congressional races and independent expenditure efforts. Her skillset includes project management, budgeting and campaign finance, legislative review and analysis, grassroots engagement and team management.
Kristin's prior experience includes leading non-profits, professional associations and caucus committees. She currently volunteers with various professional associations and non -profits including the American Association of Political Consultants, The Policy Circle and League of Our Own.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political theory and constitutional democracy from Michigan State University.
Founder and Finance Director
Heather Lombardini has spent more than 2 decades in Michigan politics and leads the fundraising team at Bright Spark Strategies.
Her team is focused on issue advocacy, campaign strategy, donor relations and PAC solicitation. Heather’s immense knowledge of political fundraising strategies and her relationships with legislators and business leaders throughout the state have fueled client growth, campaign wins and state fundraising records. Her work extends to national consulting and fundraising for issues and coalitions ranging from energy and environmental causes to Chamber and business advocacy, automotive and technology initiatives and education and non-profit issue management.
Before starting Bright Spark, Heather served as managing partner of Lambert, worked for the Michigan Senate Republicans and the Michigan House Republicans where she served in staff leadership as Legislative Director for a former Speaker, and as Member Finance Director.
Ellen Kletzka serves as the corporate controller for Bright Spark Strategies. As the corporate controller, overseeing the firm’s office operations, she is responsible for finances, logistics, and event planning. She also manages bookkeeping services for political and non-profit clients.
Before joining the firm, Ellen spent over 10 years at Compuware, serving as Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Services and an Account Executive for the company’s education and training department.
With over 25 years of experience in office management, client relations, campaign finance, and confidential fund administration, Ellen keeps the firm’s trains running on time, and has been a significant contributor to the company’s accomplishments over the last decade.
Deputy Director - Fundraising
Amber Vrooman serves as the Deputy Director of Fundraising at Bright Spark.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as the Legislative Aide to Senator Victory and held numerous positions during her time with former Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof. Amber's legisaltive experience and connections will help her serve Bright Spark clients. She excels in forming and maintaining donor relationships, event planning, and organizational skills.
Amber holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Michigan State University.