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Aaron Kelley
Senior Strategy Associate
Aaron Kelley
Senior Strategy Associate

Since joining EMC as an intern in 2018, Aaron has worked as a Research Associate, Analyst, and is now a Senior Strategy Associate. Aaron oversees project management of both qualitative and quantitative research projects and is involved in all parts of the research process including survey design, data collection and management, and presentation design and analysis. As an undergraduate student at Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Aaron developed an interest in workforce issues and labor unions while conducting an independent research project for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in partnership with the Ohio Education Research Center.

Aaron is a 2019 graduate of The Ohio State University, holding Bachelor of Arts degrees in Public Management, Leadership and Policy as well as Political Science. Aaron is an avid reader and follower of all things political. He enjoys watching soccer, attending concerts, and spending time with his cat, Frankie and dog, Miso.

 

Alexa DeJesus
Senior Strategy Associate
Alexa DeJesus
Senior Strategy Associate

Alexa DeJesus is a Senior Strategy Associate at EMC where she manages teams on a variety of research projects. Alexa’s background focuses on politics and women’s issues. Prior to joining EMC, Alexa was the Program Director at the National Women’s Political Caucus where she led the National office in all its efforts, including political endorsements, digital strategy, membership, and events. She has also worked for the Women’s Bar Association and Foundation of Massachusetts, Hillary for America, Congressman Jim McGovern, and Massachusetts State Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad.

Alexa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College, and a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, playing field hockey, board games, and hanging out with her pup, Frankie.

Andie Morhous
Director
Andie Morhous
Director

Andie joined EMC Research in 2016 from the world of political strategy and communications consulting, where she specialized in public finance ballot measures supporting programs, services, and facilities throughout the state of California. Her extensive experience working with counties, cities, community colleges, school districts, and candidates helps her understand how our clients use research data to make key decisions that have real impact on their strategic goals.

Andie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not in the office, Andie is in the redwoods, on the beach, visiting new cities or, during baseball season, the loudest one at the coliseum cheering on the Oakland Athletics.

Andrew Thibault
Senior Principal
Andrew Thibault
Senior Principal

Andrew Thibault is a natural problem solver who draws on opinion research for its ability to expand insight, while grounding decision making in data. Corporations, public agencies and campaigns rely on Andrew for his research expertise and his ability to communicate meaningful and relevant research findings. Andrew is particularly proud of the projects he has worked on that have helped improve the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, including helping to raise the minimum wage, expand public transit and infrastructure investment, and expand parks and open space.

Andrew joined EMC Research in 1995 after working his way through college as an analyst at Hamilton & Staff, one of the nation’s first political polling firms. He has a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a MA from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

Ayse Toksoz
Senior Strategy Associate
Ayse Toksoz
Senior Strategy Associate

Ayse joined EMC Research as an Analyst in February 2018 and is now a Senior Strategy Associate. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle. For her dissertation project, she investigated health care practices associated with reproductive rights and rights claiming in Turkey.

Ayse developed an interest in feminism and law as an undergraduate student in Psychology and Sociology at Bogazici University, Istanbul, where she participated in several faculty-led research projects. While pursuing a master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant to the Department of Sociology, as well as a free-lance researcher, auditing subcontractor firms in Istanbul to ensure compliance with human rights standards.

Currently, alongside her role as a Senior Strategy Associate at EMC, she serves as an editor to the feminist website catlakzemin.com, and as a human to three cats.

Ben Lee
Strategy Associate
Ben Lee
Strategy Associate

Ben is a Strategy Associate at EMC Research. He previously worked in digital grassroots advocacy at Phone2Action, and in policy communications at Beneficial State Foundation prior to that. His background is chiefly in political advocacy, policy research, and qualitative data analysis. He’s passionate about studying how those areas intersect with social justice and public opinion.

Ben is a graduate of Cornell University, where he graduated in 2020 with a BA in Government and Minors in Theatre and Russian. Originally from the Bay Area, he now lives in Washington, DC, and spends his free time taking photos and playing basketball.

Brendan Kara
Senior Director
Brendan Kara
Senior Director

With more than 12 years in the industry, Brendan Kara has first-hand experience helping clients maximize the potential of their research data.  From political campaigns of all sizes to Fortune 500 companies, Brendan has helped his clients by designing the data collection instruments that get to the heart of the issues they face – collecting the data they need to succeed.  Brendan has performed research on a wide variety of topics, and always strives to take an innovative approach to research methodologies in this fast-changing industry. He has also gained experience with research among heavily Hispanic populations, having conducted many survey projects with large Spanish language components in areas such as South Texas and Florida.

Brendan received his BA in political science and MA in political management from The George Washington University.  He enjoys spending his downtime with his wife and two young sons in suburban Maryland.

 

Brian Vines
Director
Brian Vines
Director

As a Director in the Seattle office, Brian manages public opinion research projects and oversees the phases required to complete them, including questionnaire, methodology and sample design, data collection, analysis, reporting and consulting. He has managed numerous projects across a broad mix of topic areas including community and customer satisfaction, branding, transportation, public priority research and political campaigns. He has experience in quantitative and qualitative research including online, phone and mail surveys, ongoing research panels, focus groups, in-depth interviewing projects, and mode split surveys. Brian is a RIVA trained focus group moderator.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University in Business Administration, with majors in Marketing and Operations Management. A PNW native, he can be found performing in local choirs and frequenting live jazz shows, arcade and pinball venues, breweries, and the occasional lucha libre match.

Chandler Corallo
Senior Field Associate
Chandler Corallo
Senior Field Associate

Chandler Corallo is a Senior Field Associate at EMC Research. Chandler tests survey instruments, gathers background information to assist with survey design, and monitors project timelines, ensuring that project deadlines and budget needs are met for the project team and clients, while upholding EMC’s strict quality standards.

Chandler has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Reed College. While completing her undergraduate degree, Chandler interned as a User Experience Researcher for a tech company where she obtained firsthand experience designing studies, recruiting and interviewing participants, and analyzing rich sets of qualitative data. Outside of work, she enjoys jogging around Portland and hand building ceramics.

Chelsea Sektnan
Director
Chelsea Sektnan
Director

Growing up in Sacramento, Chelsea was exposed to politics from an early age and comes to EMC with a background in campaigns and government. Now based in Washington, D.C., Chelsea stays involved in the politics of her home state by working with candidates and campaigns up and down the state, with an emphasis on the Bay Area. She is responsible for managing projects from start to finish and is involved in all aspects of survey design, data management, and analysis. She is passionate about working at the intersection of data analytics and campaign strategy to help candidates, campaigns, and non-profits make informed, effective decisions.

Chelsea graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Political Science. Outside of work, she can usually be found in the gym or on a trail, and enjoys traveling the world, rooting for her favorite sports teams, and learning French and Arabic.

Cole Martiniak
Senior Data Associate
Cole Martiniak
Senior Data Associate

Cole joined the EMC Research team in 2019 and is a Senior Data Associate in the Oakland office. With a Statistics degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cole brings a strong background in mathematics and data analytics. He has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research, including survey and presentation design. In school he conducted a survey for the county jail on the staff’s feelings toward programs offered for inmates and presented his findings to the Sheriff.

Cole is also a huge baseball fan. He was a pitcher for the Cal Poly club team and is a season ticket holder for the Oakland A’s.

Darius Fuller
Data Associate
Darius Fuller
Data Associate

Darius joined EMC’s Seattle office in 2021 after completing Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s management training program and spending almost two years in front-line sales management, where he honed his collaboration, personal sales/marketing, and business analysis skills while leading a team.  He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington—Tacoma where he was first introduced to data analytics. He has also completed The Flatiron School’s Data Science bootcamp where he learned how data can be used in policy and politics, culminating in the creation of a project geared toward predicting the outcome of U.S. Senate races based on data from Wikipedia.

His interests include machine learning applications, history, music, and most things basketball related and in his free time he loves to play video games, make music, and take his dog on long walks.

Derek Shan
Data Associate
Derek Shan
Data Associate

Derek is a Data Associate at EMC Research. Before joining the Seattle office in 2021, he pursued his interest in politics and public opinion at the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight, where he updated its comprehensive polling database and performed ad hoc research. A Chester County native, he spent the summer before as an Organizing Fellow with the Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign.

Derek is a graduate of the University of Michigan, earning a BA in Economics and International Studies with a focus on Political Economy and Development in addition to a minor in German Studies. An avid politico as well as a trained and technically skilled classical violinist, he also enjoys railfanning and watching soccer games in his free time.

Devinne Caples
Director, People & Culture
Devinne Caples
Director, People & Culture

Devinne recently joined EMC in 2021 as the Director of People and Culture. Prior to joining EMC, Devinne worked as an HR Generalist for a roleplaying game publishing company in the Greater Seattle area where she focused on all aspects of HR including, employee relations, performance management and benefit administration.

Devinne is a graduate of Western Governor’s University where she earned a BA in Human Resources Management and her MS in Management and Leadership, both from the school of Business. Outside of work, Devinne enjoys participating in wellness activities, watching her kids play sports and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks.

Dione Say
Director, Accounting & Administration
Dione Say
Director, Accounting & Administration

Dione manages and directs many of the office functions for the company, including accounting and general office management. Since joining EMC Research in September 2008, Dione has helped organize and streamline many of the company’s office operations.

Dione comes to EMC Research from a diverse background in accounting, banking and education. Dione has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Elizabeth Kaczorowski
Strategy Associate
Elizabeth Kaczorowski
Strategy Associate

Elizabeth joined EMC Research in 2021 after a brief career in digital marketing (SEO). Long described as passionately curious, her affinity for asking “Why?” and impeccable ability to translate hard data into tangible, strategic takeaways make her an exceptional researcher. While Elizabeth approaches every project with genuine enthusiasm and her classic curiosity, she especially enjoys working on polling for progressive candidates and causes as well as conducting research on climate change and environmentalism. She has a BBA in Marketing and International Business, as well as a Spanish minor, from Villanova University.

Elizabeth’s hobbies include putting her Spanish language skills to work during her travels, hiking in and around Austin (where she currently lives), and learning about wine.

Emily Goodman
Principal
Emily Goodman
Principal

Emily Kirby Goodman joined EMC in 2012 after working at Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C. for six years. She brings her lifetime of political experience and her Texas charm to every project, treating each client as unique and important. She is hands-on, making sure that her polling isn’t simply following a formula, but addresses the specific challenge at hand. Her expertise includes presidential, U.S. Senate, and gubernatorial races, but she especially loves local candidate and issue races where she can be deeply involved and see the impact of change.

Emily has her B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and her M.A. in Political Communication from Johns Hopkins University. Her thesis was about electing women to office, something that continues to be a passion. Emily loves living in California, but continues to be passionate about her Dallas Cowboys.

Emma Paulson
Strategy Associate
Emma Paulson
Strategy Associate

Emma joined EMC as a Strategy Associate in 2021 based in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology and a minor in Chinese Language. In her studies she focused on race and race relations in the United States, culminating in a thesis on the intersection of television and film, the Model Minority Myth, and racial hierarchy. Prior to coming to EMC, Emma spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law in Chicago where she supported local and national anti-poverty advocacy as a Development Associate.

Out of the office, Emma likes to hike, cook, watch television and movies (especially anything Marvel related), and the US Women’s National Team. She’s highly competitive and willing to take anyone on in a game of Hearts.

Erin Wilber
Analytics Associate
Erin Wilber
Analytics Associate

Erin Wilber joined EMC Research in 2019 and is an Analytics Associate in the Columbus office.  In this role, she provides support for all aspects of research projects. Prior to joining EMC, Erin worked as an analyst in state party politics in Ohio. This provided her with experience in a wide range of campaigns, including state, congressional, and local elections.

Erin is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a BS in Data Analytics and a minor in Political Science with a focus on voter behavior. While at Ohio State, Erin used her data analytics experience to participate in research on group attitudes towards health care reform and turnout in municipal elections. In her free time, Erin enjoys showing her horses and keeping up with Ohio State football.

Gaby Olsen
Field Specialist
Gaby Olsen
Field Specialist

Joining EMC in 2021 as a Field Specialist, Gaby assists the Field team with quality control for telephone and online surveys, programming surveys, monitoring, and testing questionnaires, creating demographic reports, and cleaning survey respondent lists to ensure appropriate research data is collected for analysis.

Gaby grew up in San Diego and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Psychology. While there, she gained an affinity for research and Human Factors. When she is not working, she loves gardening, baking, hanging out with her loved ones, and being outside as much as she can.

Grace Kroeger
Director, Data Analytics
Grace Kroeger
Director, Data Analytics

Grace Kroeger joined EMC Research in 2019 as a Research Analyst. In her current role as Director of Data Analytics, Grace manages an internal department of data associates and analytics associates and explores trends in data visualization to develop new products for the company. Grace has prior experience working in the non-profit and higher education fields and completed a Masters of Public Administration from Ohio University’s George Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. In this applied learning program, she gained experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research for non-profits and local public agencies.

Grace enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and staying active!

Greta Frost
Senior Strategy Associate
Greta Frost
Senior Strategy Associate

Greta started at EMC Research in 2020 and is a Senior Strategy Associate with significant experience in politics, government, and policy. Prior to joining EMC, Greta worked as a Legislative Aide and Legislative Service Commission Fellow in the Ohio State House and Senate for members who focused largely on economic and health policy. Additionally, she has managed two State House and Senate campaigns in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

Greta is a graduate of Youngstown State University, where she earned her MA in Economics and a BA in Economics and Political Science. During college, she interned at the Western Reserve Port Authority, where she utilized her research skills to write and present a paper on the impacts of brownfield sites on surrounding property values in Northeast Ohio. In her spare time, Greta enjoys running, volunteering on campaigns, and walking her dog, Winki.

Ian Stewart
Principal
Ian Stewart
Principal

Ian Stewart started as an analyst at EMC in 1999 and has served in multiple roles on his way to becoming a Principal. His wide range of experience includes projects for private sector clients, public agencies, and campaigns. He says: “What we do is identify the core issues and challenges our clients face; they often know generally where they want to go, but it’s the details we identify and the way we build our surveys and analysis using our experience that sets us apart in this industry. We’re telling a story with research that helps our clients make informed decisions on how to move forward.”

Ian has a BA in Political Science from Western Washington University. Away from work you’ll find him on family adventures with his wife and not-so-secretly encouraging his two daughters to be citizens of the world.

Jack Miller
Strategy Associate
Jack Miller
Strategy Associate

Jack is a Strategy Associate with EMC Research. Before joining the D.C. office, he wrote for the Almanac of American Politics and worked on campaigns in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Texas in communications and data roles.

Jack graduated from Boston College in 2021 with degrees in political science and computer science. Raised in New Jersey, Jack’s hobbies include reading, running, and defending his home state’s much-maligned reputation.

James Barnett
Director, Field
James Barnett
Director, Field

As Director, Field,  James is involved in the oversight, management, and implementation of all EMC projects in the field. Using his attention to detail, he ensures methodological and sampling accuracy, prices projects, and provides quality control for data collection. James plays a key role in maintaining EMC’s high standards for data collection.

James has a BA in Anthropology from California State University Stanislaus. Prior to joining EMC Research in 2015, James served in the United States Marine Corps, spending time in Twentynine Palms, California as well as overseas in Iraq. James enjoys rock climbing, reading, and spending time outdoors.

James McClain
Vice President
James McClain
Vice President

Since joining EMC as an Analyst in 2013, James has brought his meticulous standards to every research project he manages. He has a passion for politics and has worked on campaigns ranging from presidential to local ballot issues. He enjoys tackling challenging and unique research projects, and has lent his expertise to startups and Fortune 500 companies. James specializes in finding new and innovative ways to increase efficiency by standardizing and streamlining processes across offices, as well as developing and implementing training programs for new analysts.

James graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In his free time, James enjoys walking his dog, playing hockey, and returning home to see his family in Minnesota. He is a diehard Green Bay Packer fan who endlessly scrutinizes the team’s every move with his Dad.

James Tarkington
Strategy Associate
James Tarkington
Strategy Associate

James joined EMC in 2021 as a Strategy Associate in the DC office. His diverse political background includes campaigns for local issues and candidates, work on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide covering a wide swath of issue areas, and successful lobbying efforts in the Florida legislature for the creation of harm reduction programs and policies. James has also spent time working to provide affordable housing to low-income families in his hometown of Lake Charles, LA.

James earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 2014 where he studied international affairs. Upon graduation, James moved to the DC area to obtain his MA from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management in 2017. In his spare time, James loves hiking with his dogs and watching movies.

Jane Rayburn
Principal
Jane Rayburn
Principal

Working from her beloved city of Boston, Jane Rayburn manages all aspects of research projects from designing questionnaires to providing clients with actionable recommendations from the data. Jane works with a variety of clients including political campaigns, public interest groups, advocacy organizations, and private companies. Jane took her first job in survey research in 2003 at the Government Performance Survey Research Center at Florida State University in her hometown of Tallahassee and worked with a local Boston pollster for four years. She joined EMC after serving as the Research Director and Managing Partner at Fako Research and Strategies.

Jane was named a “40 Under 40” award winner by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) for recognition as one of the best and brightest young political professionals in the country. She is also an adjunct instructor at both Emerson College and Boston University. Jane graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science and Classics and completed a Master’s degree in Classical Languages at the University of Georgia.

Jessica Polsky-Sanchez
Principal
Jessica Polsky-Sanchez
Principal

Jessica Polsky-Sanchez brings her high standards for accuracy and attention to detail to every project she manages for EMC clients. She enjoys finding solutions to client problems and helping them succeed in implementing improvements that impact everyday lives. Her clients include many public agencies, and her research has resulted in billions of dollars in revenue for local schools, parks and open space districts, successful campaigns to expand water conservation, and improved access to health care for the underserved.

Prior to joining EMC Research in 2007, Jessica pursued contemporary jazz dance and was a law clerk at a disability rights law firm. Jessica has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and MA in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University. Her spare time is consumed with her young family in the Bay Area.

Kevin White
Senior Strategy Associate
Kevin White
Senior Strategy Associate

Kevin joined EMC in 2019 and is an Senior Strategy Associate in the Seattle office. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2018 with a degree in Economics and International Political Economy, where he developed skills in the creation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative projects. Upon graduating, Kevin joined the campaign world, volunteering for a voting rights group in Las Vegas, before returning to Washington to work as an organizer for the Washington State Democrats in Pierce County.

Since joining EMC, Kevin has worked on data analysis and preparation of client deliverables. In his free time, he enjoys podcasts and kidding himself about the chances of a Jets Super Bowl.

 

Maddie Bass
Data Associate
Maddie Bass
Data Associate

Maddie joined EMC Research in 2021 as a Data Associate. Prior to joining EMC Research, she had a position working for a federally funded grant as a Data Management and Compliance Coordinator. Maddie graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Data Analytics. With her strong background in math and data, Maddie brings a wide breadth of knowledge to the team.

Outside of work, Maddie enjoys being outdoors. She goes hiking, fishing, and takes her dogs for walks. She also loves to play board games, do puzzles, and play video games.

Maggie Chamberlain
Strategy Associate
Maggie Chamberlain
Strategy Associate

Maggie joined EMC Research as a Strategy Associate in 2021. Prior to joining EMC, Maggie worked as a Field Organizer for the Biden for President Campaign in Tampa, FL. She recruited, trained, and managed over 85 volunteers who, in turn, performed a range of campaign activities. Generally, her background is in social justice and community engagement.

Maggie graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020 where she majored in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and minored in African American Studies. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys hanging with friends, doing yoga, and cheering on the UVA Hoos.

Maggie Ryner
Principal
Maggie Ryner
Principal

Having worked in public opinion research her entire career, Maggie brings her attention to detail and high standards of quality to everything she does at EMC Research.  Now in her third decade working in the world of political polling and opinion research, she has covered all the bases, first with Hamilton & Staff and then as part-owner at Hamilton Campaigns. She now brings this considerable research and operations experience to her role as Principal at EMC Research where she is responsible for helping with internal initiatives at EMC including realizing budget and revenue goals, recruiting and staffing, human resources, technology, and new business sourcing.

Maggie has her BA in history from the University of Maryland and now lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and three sons.

Mallory Thayer
Director
Mallory Thayer
Director

As a Director, Mallory manages project design, data analysis, and presentation design for clients at all levels. She oversees projects and teams across a wide spectrum – including political campaigns, advocacy issues, and transportation projects – and brings her generalist expertise to every challenge. Mallory also has experience leading qualitative research design and analysis and enjoys the complexities and nuances that qualitative studies present.

Mallory has a BA in International Studies from Indiana University and completed her MPA from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University in 2015. As a graduate student, she researched the likelihood of adoption of open data practices and policies in cities across the United States. In her free time, Mallory enjoys spoiling her nieces and cat, attending concerts, and traveling as often as she can.

Megan Sympson
Director
Megan Sympson
Director

Since joining EMC Research in 2016, Megan has brought her enthusiasm for research and problem solving to each project she manages. Her work has spanned across industries, with a focus on political campaigns, public agencies, and corporations. Megan enjoys tackling projects with complex problems and short timelines, all while focused on providing high-quality research and data-driven insights.

Megan graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History and earned a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Ohio University. In her free time, Megan enjoys walking her very energetic dog, playing board games, and rooting on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Meredith Stone
Senior Strategy Associate
Meredith Stone
Senior Strategy Associate

Meredith joined EMC Research in 2019 and is a Senior Strategy Associate. She earned her B.A. in Geography at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She then went on to earn her M.A. in Geography at Ohio University.  Meredith has a background working in the nonprofit sector and conducting qualitative research. Her thesis focused on interviews about public art and racial justice in Baltimore, Maryland. She previously worked on an NSF research project about the representations of slavery at plantation museums in the U.S. South. She also has experience working on political campaigns and environmental advocacy at the local level.

Meredith enjoys cooking, watching movies, and working on art projects in her spare time.

 

 

 

Michael Murawski
Data Scientist
Michael Murawski
Data Scientist

As a Data Scientist for EMC Research, Michael leads efforts in producing the data science tools and corresponding analytics insights that help clients make competent and data-driven decisions. With his knowledge of statistics, social science research design, and wide-ranging methodological techniques from machine learning to econometrics, he ensures clients have advanced analytical tools, high-performing predictive models, and a detailed understanding of their data necessary to produce meaningful real-world results.

Michael graduated from The Ohio State University with a MA in Political Science, where he concentrated his research and studies in statistical methodology and comparative political economy. He also graduated from the University of Akron with a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science. He spends his spare time reading non-fiction books, taking walks with his wife, and clowning around with his cat, Iroh.

Molly O'Shaughnessy
Principal
Molly O'Shaughnessy
Principal

Molly O’Shaughnessy is known for the rigorous standards she applies to every opinion research project, and for mentoring EMC’s new research analysts. Raised in local politics, Molly worked as a campaign manager and policy advocate before turning to polling. Molly combines traditional polling with focus groups, online ad testing, and predictive modeling to give each campaign the tools to reach their target voters. Her work ranges from presidential and congressional campaigns to local issues and social marketing efforts.

Molly joined EMC in 2007 and founded the firm’s Columbus office. She has a BA in Government from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy degree from University of California, Berkeley. Molly is an unreliable PTA volunteer and a coach of hapless youth soccer teams in Columbus, where she and her wife are raising three kids.

Paige Hopkins
Field Specialist
Paige Hopkins
Field Specialist

Paige joined EMC in 2021 as a Field Specialist. In this role, she works to support the field team in a variety of ways—programming surveys, gathering demographic data, testing new programs and monitoring phone interviews.

A Seattle native, Paige graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in International Relations. Prior to joining EMC, she worked in politics, serving as a summer intern for Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and as a field organizer for the Washington State Democratic Party during the 2020 election. In her free time, Paige enjoys yoga, watching unhealthy amounts of television, and exploring Seattle with friends.

Riley Jones
Director
Riley Jones
Director

As a Director in our Seattle office, Riley has always loved solving puzzles and has enjoyed figuring out public opinion to help her our clients solve problems. Since joining EMC Research in 2012, Riley has been involved with research design, focus group moderation, data analysis, spatial and mapping analysis, and presentation design. Her research has included work for public utilities, transportation agencies, non-profit and charitable organizations, government agencies, and political campaigns.

Riley has Bachelors of Arts and Master of Science in Geography from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Riley grew up in Alaska but now lives in Seattle where she loves trail running, trying out Seattle’s great restaurants, and going on travel adventures with her husband.

Riss Freed
Data Associate
Riss Freed
Data Associate

Riss joined the EMC Research D.C. office as a Data Associate in 2021. Riss graduated from Smith College in 2021, where they earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Quantitative Economics and Government. Several independent study and research projects while at Smith sparked a passion for data analytics and understanding how data can be used as a tool in highlighting and challenging social inequity. Their interests in economics and political advocacy lead them to study abroad in Geneva, where they worked in financial management for a NGO promoting access to legal justice.

Prior to joining EMC, Riss interned with March ON, conducting grant research for grassroots and youth-led advocacy organizations. In their free time, Riss enjoys reading classic sci-fi novels, expanding their 90’s DVD collection, and following the National Women’s Soccer League.

Robye Swartz
Accounting Coordinator
Robye Swartz
Accounting Coordinator

Robye helps manage accounting and general office functions. Since joining EMC Research in 2016, Robye has helped assist in office operations.

Robye comes to EMC Research from a background in accounting for a retail store, general contractor and an insurance company. Robye studied accounting at the University at Texas at Dallas.

 

Ruth Bernstein
CEO & President
Ruth Bernstein
CEO & President

A key member of EMC since 1994, Ruth Bernstein is the lead pollster on hundreds of research projects every year. Recognized as one of the top pollsters in the field for her ability to keep the research focused on her clients’ goals, she takes the time to understand the overall objectives and always provide practical advice and quality research. Ruth is especially proud of her work helping to elect women and people of color to elected office and securing voter approval for education, transportation, minimum wage increases and environmental protection. She also leads social marketing, policy, and brand awareness studies with government agencies, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies.

With a BA degree in Economics from Smith College, Ruth lives in San Francisco where she hikes, practices yoga, plans travel adventures for friends and family, and passionately roots for the Giants.

Sabrina Smith-Holmes
Strategy Associate
Sabrina Smith-Holmes
Strategy Associate

Sabrina graduated from Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, Washington, where she earned her BA in Political Science and Minor in economics. Sabrina began with EMC Research as an intern in 2019 and is now a Strategy Associate. She joined EMC with significant experience in politics, advocacy, and analytics. As an undergraduate, Sabrina worked in grassroots organizing in Whatcom County, WA. In addition, she served as the program coordinator of a weekly legal clinic for low-income renters in Whatcom County.

Sabrina has two cats, Saul and Rebecca. They all enjoy exercising, eating and sleeping.

Sara LaBatt
Principal
Sara LaBatt
Principal

Sara LaBatt, based in the Oakland office since 2002, brings her can-do attitude to managing a wide variety of EMC’s projects and client relationships. Especially skilled at making difficult research challenges seem easy, she tackles short timelines, complicated sampling plans and complex analysis with ease, all with a friendly, approachable customer-focused attitude. Sara manages research for some of EMC’s largest ongoing clients. Her expertise includes corporate brand studies, health care consumer research, social marketing, transportation, and destination research. Her projects have resulted in improved roads and public transportation, revenue enhancements for public school districts, incisive communications on waste, recycling, and composting initiatives, and better pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Sara has her BA in political science from UC Berkeley. Sara plays indoor soccer, runs road and trail races, is active in her children’s schools, and actively roots for the Cal Bears.

Shani McElroy
Principal
Shani McElroy
Principal

Shani McElroy built her career at EMC Research starting as an analyst in 2002 and growing to direct all of our data collection as Field Director. She brings her exacting standards and problem-solving skills to ensure our research projects are using the highest quality data and that our clients’ decisions are based on sound information. Working behind the scenes to provide quality control for all research projects, Shani ensures your survey is on time and on budget.

Shani holds a BA in History and Political Science (double major) from UC Berkeley. Shani grew up in Cyprus and the SF Bay area, and now lives in Portland where she takes advantage of the local hikes when it’s not raining too hard. When it is raining, she enjoys yoga, cooking, reading, and playing guitar.

Susie Beecroft
Senior Strategy Associate
Susie Beecroft
Senior Strategy Associate

Susie has been with EMC Research since April 2018. As a Senior Strategy Associate, Susie oversees project management for both qualitative and quantitative research. She is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including survey design, data management, presentation design, and analysis. Prior to joining EMC Research, Susie did research in several different fields at The Ohio State University. Those endeavors included research on the efficacy of Socratic questioning in cognitive therapy for depression, potential benefits of music in occupational therapy for acute stroke patients, the etiology and phenomenology of the autonomous sensory meridian response, and numerous topics in music cognition.

In 2017, Susie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience with a systems/behavioral specialization from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with honors as well as a Music minor. She loves singing and, when time allows, performing in musicals.

 

Tom Patras
Principal & COO
Tom Patras
Principal & COO

With his diverse background in the private sector, government and political campaigns, Tom Patras has first-hand experience of how his clients utilize research data. He is especially skilled at helping develop clarity in their project goals and provide research-based insights and recommendations that can be used in the real world. He rejects any one-size-fits-all approach to a research challenge and pushes clients and colleagues to try new things while always focusing on the end goal of providing quality research. Tom’s work covers a broad range of topics including electoral research, land-use, energy, water, customer satisfaction, and brand reputation.

Tom has his BA in Economics from Macalester College where he played baseball. He and his wife now live in Columbus raising two young children, and he occasionally gets a trip to his native Minnesota to go fishing.

Valencia Wright
Accounting Associate
Valencia Wright
Accounting Associate

Valencia helps manage general office functions. Since recently joining EMC Research in February 2018, she has helped provide administrative support and undertake clerical tasks, as part of the accounting team. Valencia comes to EMC Research from a background in bookkeeping for 5+ years for different companies.

Valencia studied general business and accounting at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

Viridiana Barajas
Field Specialist
Viridiana Barajas
Field Specialist

Viridiana joined EMC in 2021 as a Field Specialist. She graduated from UC Berkeley where she majored in Political Science and minored in Spanish. As an undergraduate, she interned for a state senator, and she also worked with scholarship organizations to help students from low-income communities in the Bay Area navigate barriers to higher education. 

 

Outside of work, her hobbies include embroidery, going to concerts, and talking about pop culture. 

 

Winston Tran
Strategy Associate
Winston Tran
Strategy Associate

Winston joined EMC Research as a Strategy Associate in 2021. Prior to joining EMC, Winston worked in public opinion research at Lake Research Partners. Winston graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2021 where he received a major in Political Science and minors in Data Science and Public Policy.

In his spare time, Winston enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and soccer, reading, and cooking new recipes.

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