EMC staff

Alex Evans

Alex Evans
Senior Principal
alex@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8920

 

Alex Evans, President and Founder
With more than thirty years of experience, Alex Evans is considered one of the finest researchers and analysts in the nation and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities across the country.

Competitive by nature, Alex is personally invested in a client’s success. He is a trusted strategist and integral member of his client’s team working with them from project inception to completion. He is skilled at survey design and he provides practical advice on how to apply the research findings to successfully meet a client’s goals.

Alex balances his vast public opinion and policy research experience with new methodologies to ensure quality research. He also understands the impact of geographical, cultural and social nuances that shape attitudes. This combination allows Alex to get beyond the obvious research findings and understand underlying attitudes that affect a client’s overall objectives.

No matter the size of the race, Alex loves competitive campaigns where he can help elect good people and see the impact of change. He has polled in every state and at every level of electoral politics and government. Alex also leads policy, marketing and brand awareness campaigns for public agencies, government institutions, universities, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.

It is Alex’s ethics, his belief in empowering clients through the application of quality research, that all clients receive the same attention throughout the duration of their project that drives the dedication and professionalism of his co-workers at EMC Research and sets them apart from their competitors.

Alex’s love of campaigns and government started before he was even ten, leafleting for Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy. As a teenager, he read about pollster Pat Caddell and realized he could combine his love of politics with his skills in math and pursued a career in polling.

Alex has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. He is a fan of all sports, especially college athletics, and his family’s travels take them to stadiums around the country. While visiting new cities, they also make it a priority to visit state capitols, presidential libraries, president grave sites, and locations of historical significance.

 


Dave Beattie

Dave Beattie
Senior Principal
dave@emcresearch.com
Orlando, Florida
(904) 491-0591

 

Dave Beattie, Senior Principal
Dave Beattie brings a lifetime of opinion research experience to every project he leads. He has worked with political campaigns at every level, as well as Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and unions, always using data to help make tough strategic decisions.

For twenty years, Dave has helped leaders solve problems. Whether it is determining how to target resources, engage members, or build coalitions, Dave is hands-on with your research project from start to finish. His clients appreciate his personal commitment and strategic guidance throughout the process.

Dave understands that every client has different goals and he tailors the research approach to the unique strategic needs of the project. He brings his optimism to every research challenge and thrives on helping clients understand how the research findings translate into a plan of action.

Dave has worked in 42 states and 5 countries and was named Pollster of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants. He is a sought-after expert on politics and current events. His political analysis and commentary have been featured on the broadcasts of National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, and ABC's "Nightline."

Prior to the merger with EMC Research, Dave was President of Hamilton Campaigns, founded in 1964 by his mentor Bill Hamilton, a pioneer in public opinion research. Dave taught a graduate course in campaign strategy at the University of Florida and served on his local Board of Education.

Dave has a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in Political Communications from George Washington University where he was a competitive swimmer. Dave loves music and traveling to catch favorite musicians in concert. He treasures the time spent outside of work with his children, Skyler and Zach.

 


Ruth Bernstein

Ruth Bernstein
Senior Principal
ruth@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8922

 

Ruth Bernstein, Senior Principal
A key member of EMC since she joined the firm in 1994, Ruth Bernstein is the lead pollster on hundreds of research projects every year.

Ruth is 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 provide hands-on practical advice in addition to quality research. Her clients trust her judgment and know her research findings are reliable and will provide a strategic roadmap for success.

With almost three decades in the political arena, Ruth understands the strategic challenges of partisan battles, top two primaries, instant run-off voting, supermajority vote thresholds and more. She is especially proud 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.

Ruth also leads social marketing, policy, and brand awareness studies with government agencies, nonprofit and Fortune 500 companies. She has provided research-based, actionable guidance in a wide variety of topic areas including water conservation, travel and tourism, access to health care for the underserved, housing, energy, parks and open space and employee rights.

Ruth came to EMC with hands-on campaign and nonprofit experience, and a BA degree in Economics from Smith College. She lives in San Francisco where she hikes, practices yoga, plans travel adventures for friends and family, and passionately roots for the Giants.

 


Andrew Thibault

Andrew Thibault
Senior Principal
andrew@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8031

 

Andrew Thibault, Senior Principal
Research is about making better decisions and EMC Senior Principal Andrew Thibault has been helping clients successfully navigate complex issues and challenges for almost three decades. A natural problem solver, Andrew was drawn to opinion research because of its ability to expand insight while grounding decision making in data.

Corporations, public agencies, non-profits, and campaigns trust and rely on Andrew because of his research expertise and his ability to communicate research findings in a way that is meaningful and relevant to their goals. How we communicate what we learn is as important as the research itself.

Whether you’re trying to improve customer satisfaction, understand citizen preferences in a complex policy debate, engage your membership, or win an election, Andrew is able to present data in a way that engages and informs your team. Andrew is obsessed (just ask any EMC Analyst) with making sure the numbers tell a clear and meaningful story that helps you make better decisions.

Andrew is particularly proud of the many projects he has worked on over the years that have helped improve quality of life and expand economic opportunity in the Pacific Northwest, including work to help fund public schools and early childhood education, raise the minimum wage, expand public transit and infrastructure investment, expand parks and open space, and help protect endangered species.

Andrew joined EMC Research in 1995 after working his way through college as an analyst at Hamilton and Staff, one of the nation’s first political polling firms. Andrew’s commitment to quality and focus on his clients’ long-term success has helped build EMC Research into one of the most respected polling firms in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Andrew has a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a MA from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He is an avid, although awkward, basketball player and in his spare time, you can find him reading, chasing his black lab Finn around the yard, or watching sports. Go Hawks! And Terps!

 


Sara LaBatt

Sara LaBatt
Principal
sara@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8924

 

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.

Sara is especially skilled at making difficult research challenges seem easy. She tackles short timelines, complicated sampling plans and complex analysis with ease, always maintaining a friendly, approachable customer-focused attitude.

Well-versed in a number of topic areas, Sara manages research for some of EMC’s largest ongoing clients. Her expertise includes corporate brand studies, healthcare consumer research, social marketing, transportation, and destination research.

Sara especially likes conducting research that leads to improvements for residents in their day-to-day life. Her projects have resulted in improved public transportation, street and road improvements, public school improvements, composting, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and in elections for local offices at all levels. She understands getting the research right, but also working with key stakeholders to make sure the research meets their needs and will be trusted.

Prior to joining EMC, Sara was an analyst at Knowledge Networks, one of nation’s first web panels (now part of GfK). Sara has her BA in political science from UC Berkeley. A trombone player, she was in the Cal Band, and continues to play in an adult marching band. Sara also plays soccer, runs road and trail races, is active in her children’s school, and actively roots for the Bears.

 


Molly O'Shaughnessy

Molly O'Shaughnessy
Principal
molly@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9670

 

Molly O’Shaughnessy, Principal
Molly O’Shaughnessy is known for the rigorous quality standards she applies to every opinion research project, and for her work in mentoring new research analysts.

Molly was raised in a family active in local politics, and worked as a campaign manager and public policy advocate before turning to polling. She is an expert in crafting political research that takes into account the nuances and complexity of an individual campaign. Molly layers traditional polling with focus groups, online ad testing, and predictive modeling to give each campaign the tools they need to design effective messages and reach the right target voters.

Her clients understand that Molly is personally invested in the outcome of their elections and their longterm success. Her work ranges from presidential and congressional campaigns, to mayoral races and local ballot issue campaigns across the U.S. Molly’s work also includes a focus on conservation and environmental initiative campaigns.

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

 


Tom Patras

Tom Patras
Principal
tom@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9677

 

Tom Patras, Princial
Tom Patras has been bringing his laid-back, open-minded approach to EMC since joining the firm in 2005.

With his diverse background in the private sector, government and on political campaigns, Tom brings first-hand experience of how his clients utilize research data. He is especially skilled at helping to develop clarity in their project goals and provide research-based insights along with recommendations that can be used in the real world.

Tom 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. He has helped EMC evaluate and test new methodologies and approaches to collecting opinion research, especially as respondents have been getting more difficult to reach.

A true generalist, Tom’s typical work covers a broad range of topic areas including electoral research, land-use, energy, water, customer satisfaction, B2B, and early childhood education.

Tom has his BA in Economics from Macalester College where he played baseball. Now, raising two young children takes up most of his free time, but he loves to travel, play basketball, racquetball, and get outside for a hike, or the occasional trip home to his native Minnesota for ice fishing.

 


Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart
Principal
ian@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8032

 

Ian Stewart, Principal
Ian started as an analyst at EMC in 1999, and has served in many different capacities at EMC on his way to becoming a Principal in the company. His wide range of experience on research projects has included work for private sector clients, public agencies, and campaigns. Ian has found that the learnings from these different projects all contribute to each other; from the simple to the complex, what Ian and his team learns on each project has given him unique insights and skill into giving clients the key answers they need.

One of the things EMC’s clients appreciate most about Ian is his ability to walk them through complex concepts and findings in ways that everyone on the team can understand and use. He says: "What we’re really doing is working with our clients to identify the core of the issues or challenges they want to know about. Our clients often know generally where they want to go, but it’s the specifics that we help them identify and the way we build our questionnaires and analysis from what we’ve learned that sets us apart in this industry. We’re telling a story with research that helps inform everyone at the table to make informed decisions on how to move forward."

Ian has a BA degree in Political Science from Western Washington University, with a minor in Environmental Studies. He spends his time away from work adventuring with his family and not-so-secretly encouraging his two daughters to be strong leaders and citizens of the world.

 


Maggie Ryner

Maggie Ryner
Principal
maggie@emcresearch.com
Washington D.C.
(202) 686-5901

 

Maggie Ryner, Principal
Having worked in public opinion research her entire career, Maggie brings her attention to detail and high standards of quality to every project she manages for EMC Research.

Maggie was raised in the world of research and polling. Her mother worked for polling pioneer Bill Hamilton, and Maggie spent her summers during high school and college working for Hamilton & Staff. After graduation, Maggie began working for Bill full-time and worked her way up from data entry and tabulation management to field director to vice president and partner at Hamilton Campaigns. Having covered all the bases in survey research for the past 25 years, she now brings this considerable experience to her role as Principal at EMC Research.

With a deep appreciation for the science behind the data, Maggie is hands on with your project protecting the integrity of your results. As the industry has changed, Maggie has overseen the evolution of the research process, evaluating and implementing new methodologies and modes of data collection.

This strengthens EMC Research’s ability to survey hard to reach populations and use complex sampling plans. Clients and colleagues know her for her straightforward attitude and her ability to make every research project seem effortless.

Maggie has her BA in history from the University of Maryland. Born in D.C. and raised in Maryland, she now lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and three sons with whom she shares everything she knows about the joy of March Madness, the heartbreak of being a Washington Redskins fan, and how to keep score at a Nats game.

 


C. Travis

C. Travis Bunner
Vice President
travis@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9671

 

C. Travis Bunner, Vice President
Travis Bunner has been contributing his exceptional knowledge of methodology and statistics since he joined EMC in 2011.

He uses his comprehensive understanding of survey methodology to design and analyze complex samples, and applies advanced statistical techniques to many research problems. He routinely employs probability theory, Monte Carlo simulation, and predictive modeling to create market segmentations, target messaging and advertising, and identify risk in the marketplace. He is also a RIVA-trained focus group moderator and is skilled at analyzing and contextualizing qualitative research findings.

Travis is recognized for his attention to detail and his outstanding ability to communicate complicated concepts in a straightforward, understandable way. He uses his expertise in a wide variety of industries for large public and private utilities, transportation and other government agencies, candidates for political office, private companies, and designers and producers in the gaming industry.

Prior to joining EMC Research, Travis studied research methodology and statistics. He has a MA in Political Science from The Ohio State University, with a focus in comparative political economy and methodology. He also has a BS degree in Economics and a BA degree in Political Science from Purdue University. Travis spends his spare time practicing guitar and banjo, writing music, and playing an occasional basketball game or soccer match.

 


Emily Kirby

Emily Kirby Goodman
Vice President
emily@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8932

 

Emily Kirby Goodman, Vice President
Emily Kirby Goodman joined EMC in 2012 after working at Hart Research Associates in Washington, D.C. for six years.

Emily 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.

Pulled into politics by her mom who served as a councilmember and mayor, Emily learned to walk precincts, get out the vote, and debate local issues from an early age. She has turned that into a career of polling at all electoral levels. 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 with its year-round access to outdoor activities, but continues to be passionate about her Dallas Cowboys.

 


Shani McElroy

Shani McElroy
Vice President
shani@emcresearch.com
Portland, Oregon
(503) 444-6000

 

Shani McElroy, Vice President and Field Director
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. Her background as an analyst gives her insight into what data is needed to provide our clients with research that is reliable and addresses their objectives.

Shani was born in Cyprus, where her journalist mom inspired her interest in politics and policy. She lives in Portland where you can find her prowling the aisles of Powell’s Bookstore. In her spare time, Shani loves cooking from scratch and recreating her Cypriot grandma’s recipes.

Shani has her BA from University of California at Berkeley.

 


Jessica Polsky

Jessica Polsky
Vice President
jessica@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8933

 

Jessica Polsky, Vice President
Jessica brings her high standards for accuracy and attention to detail to every project she manages for EMC clients.

From her study of social psychology, Jessica uses her knowledge of psychological influences on decisionmaking to provide an understanding of underlying motivations. Her expertise informs her research design, and allows her analysis to look beyond the obvious to uncover unique recommendations and strategies.

Jessica truly 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 still loves jazz music and dance and along with her husband, enjoys cooking, hiking, and window shopping along the Bay Area’s many commercial corridors. Her spare time is consumed with her young family.

Jessica has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and MA in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University.

 


Jane Rayburn

Jane Rayburn
Director
jane@emcresearch.com
Washington D.C.
(850) 443-0799

 

Jane Rayburn, Director
Jane Rayburn is a Director for EMC Research. As a Director, Jane manages all aspects of research projects from designing the questionnaire 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, Florida 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, a national public opinion research firm in Chicago, IL.

Jane graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science in Classics and completed a Master’s degree in Classical Languages at the University of Georgia.

 


Brian Vines

Brian Vines
Director
bvines@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8034

 

Brian Vines, Director
Brian is a Director in EMC’s Seattle office. He 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.

Born and raised in the PNW, Brian never misses a Seahawks game. He is an enthusiastic audience participant of live jazz shows, improv theater and Lucha Libre wrestling matches and he can often be found exploring the local restaurants and breweries around the Ballard neighborhood where he’s lived for the last few years.

Since joining EMC as an intern, Brian has enjoyed the challenge of learning and implementing new methodologies and has managed numerous projects across a broad mix of topic areas including community and customer satisfaction, branding, transportation, public priority research and political campaigns. His experience includes numerous forms of quantitative and qualitative research like 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.

Prior to joining EMC, Brian was a research interviewer and focus group recruiter at a local full-service marketing research firm. He gained in-depth experience in data collection on numerous types of projects including CATIs (computer-assisted telephone interviews), usability studies, focus groups, one-on-one interviews, field surveys, mystery shops, and other qualitative and quantitative studies.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University in Business Administration, with majors in Marketing and Operations Management.

 


Riley Jones

Riley Jones
Senior Analyst
riley@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8042

 

Riley Jones, Senior Analyst
As a Senior Analyst, she is involved in survey design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC in 2012, Riley was a Thesis Fellow for the Border Policy Research Institute. She has also completed graduate coursework in statistics, domestic and international environmental policy, and data analysis. While completing her graduate studies, Riley interned at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), working closely with their Water Policy Working Group. For this internship, Riley helped develop a multi-stakeholder panel focused on the Columbia River Treaty Review for PNWER’s 2011 Annual Summit. Before her earning her masters, she worked at the environmental engineering firm, URS, as a program assistant working in their solid waste division.

Riley has Bachelors of Arts and Master of Science in Geography from Western Washington University in Bellingham. For her Master’s thesis, Riley conducted a case study of a US-Canadian environmental working group, the Shared Waters Alliance, to explore the effect of international borders in regards to resolving cross border environmental problems.

 


Brendan Kara

Brendan Kara
Senior Analyst
brendan@emcresearch.com
Washington D.C.
(202) 686-5902

 

Brendan Kara, Senior Analyst
Brendan is primarily responsible for managing the fielding of projects from start to completion, focusing on data management questionnaire design, as well as designing project deliverables like statistical crosstabs, results presentations, and memoranda for clients.

Brendan has worked on surveys covering a large variety of topics and geographies, including surveys focused on political campaigns at all levels of U.S. politics, for clients such as Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Brendan has experience in researching union membership studies and recruitment initiatives, for groups such as the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, and local AFL-CIO and SEIU branches. Brendan is also knowledgeable in research among heavily Hispanic populations, having conducted many surveys with large Spanish language components in areas such as South Texas and Florida.

Prior to joining EMC, Brendan was a research analyst with Hamilton Campaigns, providing electoral and demographic data analysis of polling universes, and programming comprehensive tabular reports of polling results, while maintaining a paramount focus on data accuracy. Brendan received his bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.

 


Katherine Langer

Katherine Langer
Senior Analyst
katherine@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8927

 

Katherine Langer, Senior Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Katherine is involved with both qualitative and quantitative research, including survey design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research, Katherine was a Master Fellow for the City of Oakland’ Auditor’'s Office, where she contributed to a performance audit of the police department. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Katherine designed an online survey of Michigan high school principals to assess the implementation of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and traveled to the Philippines to interview local stakeholders about electoral corruption. In addition, while interning for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation in South Africa, Katherine completed an internal impact assessment of its Civil Society Index Program by surveying and interviewing past country partners. Before enrolling in graduate studies, Katherine served as a City Year Corps Member in San José, CA.

Katherine has Bachelors of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Development Studies, as well as a Public Policy minor from the University of California, Berkeley. Katherine also earned her Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 


Dominick Martin

Dominick Martin
Senior Analyst
dominick@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8033

 

Dominick Martin, Senior Analyst
Dominick Martin is a Senior Strategic Analyst and Project Manager at EMC Research. He has expertise in all aspects of EMC’s research projects, including methodology design, survey design, analysis of research results, presentation of results, and client consultations.

Dominick assists clients in identifying their research needs and develops and implements research projects to help clients achieve their strategic goals. Since joining EMC Research in 2008, Dominick has managed dozens of research projects for a variety of clients including school and parks districts, public and private utilities, government agencies, nonprofits, and many others.

Prior to joining EMC, Dominick worked in California politics on various local political races in the Central Valley and also served in the United States Marine Corps, spending time at Camp Pendleton in California, and with Marine Corps Security Forces in Naples, Italy.

Dominick holds a BA in Political Science from California State University and devotes his time outside of work playing music and taking care of his three wonderful children.

 


James McClain

James McClain
Senior Analyst
james@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9672

 

James McClain, Senior Analyst
As a Senior Analyst, James is involved in all aspects of survey research, including methodology and sample design, questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design. James has conducted research projects across a host of industries for both large and small companies. His research has included work for insurance providers, energy companies, transportation agencies, public utilities, healthcare providers, and political campaigns ranging from presidential campaigns to municipal campaigns.

Prior to joining EMC Research in 2013, James interned for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s successful reelection campaign. As an intern, he developed a statewide letter-to-the-editor program, and assisted in the coordination of political outreach efforts across the state. James has also spent time in a State Representative’s office handling constituent services.

James graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

 


Sianna Ziegler

Sianna Ziegler
Senior Analyst
sianna@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washinton
(206) 204-8045

 

Sianna Ziegler, Senior Analyst
Sianna joined EMC Research in the summer of 2015 after spending three years at the Mellman Group in Washington, D.C. She has experience in public opinion research at all levels, from local school and parks districts to national polls, and has worked with a wide variety of clients including candidates, public agencies, unions, and environmental groups.

Sianna has a BA in Psychology from Reed College and an MS in Social Psychology from the University of Washington. As a graduate student, she focused her studies on stereotyping and prejudice, conducting research on the impact of race attitudes on voting behavior in the 2012 Presidential election as well as contributors to women’s underrepresentation in computer science and engineering. She enjoys putting her training in statistics and research design into practice on behalf of clients.

Sianna spends her spare time exploring Puget Sound and cheering on the Seattle Reign with her husband.

 


Mayra Cuevas

Mayra Cuevas
Analyst
mayra@emcresearch.com
Washington D.C.
(202)849-6522

 

Mayra Cuevas, Analyst
Mayra Cuevas is an Analyst at EMC Research. As an Analyst, Mayra is involved in both qualitative and quantitative research, including questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research in 2016, Mayra completed graduate coursework in statistics, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and program design and evaluation. While completing her graduate studies, Mayra had the opportunity to conduct a mixed-methods study on climate change and its impact on food security and nutrition in the Province of Quezon, Philippines. For this study, Mayra helped with survey design, and traveled to the Philippines to conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews with community members.

Mayra has a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychobiology from La Sierra University, and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Global Health from Loma Linda University.

 


Jordan Del Guercio

Jordan Del Guercio
Analyst
jordan@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8803

 

Jordan Del Guercio, Analyst
Jordan Del Guercio is a Research Analyst for EMC Research. As a Research Analyst, Jordan is involved in survey design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research in 2016, Jordan did content marketing for Taggler, a startup based in Los Angeles. Jordan’s political experience includes working as a field organizer for a congressional race in Ventura County during the 2014 cycle, and serving as an elected delegate to the California Democratic State Central Committee for the 2015-2017 term.

Jordan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication from Emerson College in Boston. In 2012, Jordan was a founding member of the Emerson College Polling Society, which surveyed Massachusetts, and key presidential battleground states during the election.

 


Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy
Analyst
sean@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9674

 

Sean Duffy, Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Sean is involved with both quantitative and qualitative research, including survey design, data analysis and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research Sean worked as a research assistant at Fallon Research and Communications, Inc. There he assisted with focus groups, Search Engine Optimization and background research. Sean has completed extensive course work in political psychology, voting behavior, statistical analysis and research design.

Sean graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship. After completing his undergraduate degree, Sean enrolled in graduate school at Wright State University where he earned his Masters of Arts in International and Comparative Politics. His thesis focused on the rise of the U.S. drone program from 2002-2012. He specializes in U.S. Foreign Policy and Warfare Technologies.

 


Daniel Farmer

Daniel Farmer
Analyst
daniel@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8035

 

Daniel Farmer, Analyst
Daniel Farmer joined EMC Research as an analyst in 2016. Prior to joining EMC Daniel worked overseas in multiple capacities. As an undergraduate student he performed qualitative research in rural India related to women’s self-help groups. He later served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan where he worked with local community organizations to develop programs aimed at improving the lives of the local youth. After finishing graduate school, he worked as the Resident Director for the State Department funded Critical Language Scholarship in Bursa, Turkey.

Daniel earned a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Western Washington University in 2008 and a MA in Public Administration from the University of Washington in 2015. During his time at the University of Washington he also earned a Graduate Certificate in International Development Policy and Management.

 


Basak Filiz

Basak Filiz
Analyst
basak@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8039

 

Basak Filiz, Analyst
Basak Filiz joined EMC Research as an intern in 2014 and she has been a research analyst since 2015. Prior to joining EMC Basak worked as a research assistant with the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington, where she worked on the 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study. While a graduate student, Basak worked for two years as a research assistant at Middle East Technical University’s Sociology Department. Also, during her undergraduate studies she interned at Millward Brown, where she worked on survey design and data analysis.

Basak has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in European Studies from the Middle East Technical University. Basak also earned her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Middle East Technical University, with a thesis focused on human rights movements in Turkey. After her graduate studies, Basak completed the Statistical Analysis with R Programming Certificate Program at University of Washington.

 


Heather Greven

Heather Greven
Analyst
heather@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8921

 

Heather Greven, Analyst
Heather Greven has been winning hearts, minds, and elections since 2008. Her goals: find and execute strategic campaign solutions, elect Democrats up and down the ballot, and make the world a better place. A California native and graduate of CSU East Bay with a B.A. in Political Science, she has served as a campaign manager and field director in key California state legislative races and currently serves as political director for the Contra Costa Young Democrats. She currently lives in the beautiful hills of Kensington with her dog named Bob and enjoys hiking in Tilden park with him in her free time.

 


Jaewook Jun

Jaewook Jun
Analyst
jae@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8036

 

Jaewook Jun, Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Jaewook is involved in survey design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research in 2013, Jaewook was a Undergraduate Fellow for the Center For American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) at University of Washington, where he worked on a independent research project with a faculty professor and a graduate fellow as mentors, studying the question of relationship between gubernatorial power and state economic performance. He also assisted with coding for CAPPP's "The Congressional Bills Project", a database project of congressional bills that can be used by researchers and the public to study legislative institutions and behavior.

Jaewook has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Security from University of Washington, Seattle.

 


Doug MacDowell

Doug MacDowell
Analyst
doug@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9673

 

Doug MacDowell, Analyst
As an Analyst, Doug works with both qualitative and quantitative research, including survey design, survey programming, data management, and analysis of survey results.

Doug joined EMC Research in the summer of 2014 and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

 


Alyssa Mendlein

Alyssa Mendlein
Analyst
alyssa@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8037

 

Alyssa Mendlein, Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Alyssa is involved in survey design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research, Alyssa volunteered with the Group on International Perspectives on Governmental Aggression and Peace on their work examining international perspectives on peace and reconciliation, first as a coder and then eventually as a Team Leader for the research section on the right to protest. Her work culminated in the co-authorship of two chapters in the resulting ‘International Handbook of Peace and Reconciliation’. She also assisted a PhD candidate with their work in the field of environmental psychology.

Alyssa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in German from Boston University. Alyssa also earned her Masters degree in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation focused on police legitimacy and social inequality in Europe.

 


Andie Morhous

Andie Morhous
Analyst
andie@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8808

 

Andie Morhous, Analyst
Andie Morhous is a Research Analyst at EMC Research. As a Research Analyst, Andie is involved in both quantitative and qualitative research, including questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Andie joined EMC in January of 2016 from the world of 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.

 


Jillian Prusa

Jillian Prusa
Analyst
jillian@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9678

 

Jillian Prusa, Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Jillian is involved with both qualitative and quantitative research, including survey design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research in 2015, Jillian served a term in AmeriCorps, worked as a teaching assistant at Ohio University, and tutored at a Cleveland-area non-profit organization. Additionally, Jillian has completed graduate coursework in qualitative research methods, geographic information systems, and urban studies. She wrote her Master’s thesis on governance strategies guiding the vacant land reuse process in the cities of Cleveland and Baltimore.

Jillian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, with a minor in Biology, from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Ohio University.

 


Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez
Analyst
michael@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8818

 

Michael Ramirez, Analyst
Michael Ramirez came to EMC Research in 2016, and he is successfully coupling his strong academic research background with prior experience in the private tech sector where he created and maintained client partnerships. His research experience at the University of California San Diego involved the evaluation of public statistics and studying policy reforms and impacts. He worked with research data obtained by qualitative methods such as surveys and one on one interviews, using statistical software to unearth meaningful findings. He is particularly strong at taking research data and helping distill it down to brief, clear, and logical reports that help EMC’s clients further their strategic goals.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in history and political science, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs with a focus on Latin America and international development from the University of California, San Diego.

 


Ben Richter

Ben Richter
Analyst
ben@emcresearch.com
Washington D.C.
(202)686-5903

 

Ben Richter, Analyst
Ben Richter is a Research Analyst at EMC Research. As a Research Analyst, Ben is involved in questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research in 2015, Ben worked as an analyst for Deloitte, where he provided support for projects with FDA’s Office of Financial Management and Urban Alliance, and as a junior analyst for Myers Research & Strategic Services, a polling firm in the DC area. Until recently, Ben also served on the board of Bike Durham, a cycling advocacy organization in Durham, North Carolina.

Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 


Chelsea Sektnan

Chelsea Sektnan
Analyst
chelsea@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8815

 

Chelsea Sektnan, Analyst
Chelsea Sektnan joined EMC Research in January 2016. Prior to that, Chelsea attended the University of California, Berkeley where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and worked on research examining how local newspapers cover congressional candidates, focusing on which candidate papers endorse and when they choose to do so. Chelsea was also involved in UC Berkeley’s student government, where she helped run campaigns at both the candidate and party level.

Chelsea has participated in a wide variety of internships including a campaign for the California State Senate, the office of a member of the California State Assembly, and the Governmental Relations Department of Covered California. She also spent a summer living in London and interning in British government.

 


Megan Sympson

Megan Sympson
Analyst
megan@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9675

 

Megan Sympson, Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Megan is involved with both qualitative and quantitative research, including survey design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research, Megan worked at Ohio University as a Graduate Assistant. There she led lab sessions for “Introduction to GIS,” instructing and teaching undergraduate students foundational skills associated with geographic information systems. Megan has completed extensive coursework in qualitative research methods, geographic information systems, and behavioral/social geography.

Megan graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History. She also earned her Masters of Arts in Geography from Ohio University. Her thesis focused on the memorialization and commemoration of an old trolley park in relation to the impact its memory has on our society today.

 


Mallory Thayer

Mallory Thayer
Analyst
mallory@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9676

 

Mallory Thayer, Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Mallory is involved in questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Mallory has completed coursework in statistics, economics, management of public organizations, human resources management, contract management, database management and public affairs. For her graduate studies thesis project, she researched the likelihood of adoption of open data practices and policies in cities across the United States.

Prior to EMC Research, Mallory worked at the Ohio State University as a Graduate Assistant and oversaw the implementation of a university-wide academic assessment software. She has also worked in Washington, DC as a research fellow for GovLoop, where she published blogs and informational guides on topics including cloud services, cybersecurity, open data, and how the federal government can utilize information technology to increase effectiveness.

Mallory has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Indiana University, with minors in Religious Studies and Russia and Eastern European Studies. She recently completed her Masters degree in Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

 


Lue Williams

Lue Williams
Analyst
lue@emcresearch.com
Portland, Oregon
(503) 444-6005

 

Lue Williams, Analyst
Working from the EMC Portland office, Lue is involved in data analysis, as well as survey and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC, Lue spent several years working on behavioral research studies while attending graduate school. These studies investigated a range of questions in clinical psychology including biomarkers of anxiety-related disorders, cognitive training methods to treat depression, adolescent personality disorders, and theories of suicide. Lue gained invaluable experience drafting research proposals, managing study data, and administering clinical research. In addition to psychopathology, her graduate coursework included clinical research methods, empirical research design, and statistical analysis. Her master’s thesis focused on comparative theories of suicide and treatment practices.

Lue earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Harvard University. She enjoys live theatre in all its forms, loves spending time in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and is an avid, life-long runner.

 


Kate Worth

Kate Worth
Analyst
kate@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8931

 

Kate Worth, Analyst
Kate Worth is a Research Analyst at EMC Research. As a Research Analyst, Kate is involved in both qualitative and quantitative research, including questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Kate joined EMC Research in September 2013. Since then, she has worked with a wide variety of clients including local elected officials, city governments, health care organizations, municipal agencies. Specializing in San Francisco research, Kate has helped pass important revenue measures for City transportation, affordable housing, and other infrastructure projects.

Kate is a Bay Area native, and grew up in Contra Costa County. As the daughter of a local mayor, Kate had an early education in grassroots politics and community organizing. She has been volunteering for various local campaigns, including city council campaigns and revenue measures for local schools, libraries and transportation, since elementary school.

Kate has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside.

 


Katherine Young

Katherine Young
Analyst
kyoung@emcresearch.com
Oakland, California
(510) 550-8816

 

Katherine Young, Analyst
As a Research Analyst, Katherine is involved in questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Katherine has completed graduate coursework in quantitative methods, policy-making processes, survey methodology, and program design and evaluation. Her research focused on analyzing development and foreign policy; specifically, exploring the effectiveness of government and NGO programs in sustainably alleviating poverty and improving socioeconomic outcomes for program participants. She also has a strong understanding of California education policy, and has conducted professional research on best practices to improve educational achievement for K-12th grade youth.

Prior to joining EMC in February 2014, Katherine gained more than two years of experience in nonprofit funding and grantwriting, working for an organization promoting financial literacy and business skills for Bay Area students. Katherine also completed a graduate internship in New Orleans, where she worked with the at-risk youth community to help facilitate their entry into the workforce.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from UC San Diego. After the completion of her undergraduate studies, she enrolled in the UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where she earned a Masters in Pacific and International Affairs.

 


Katie Evans

Katie Evans
Research Associate
katie@emcresearch.com
Seattle, Washington
(206) 204-8049

 

Katie Evans, Research Associate
Katie graduated from University of Vermont in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. While in school she worked in a Pharmacology lab as a researcher and analyst. She was recently published in the journal, Endocrinology. When the time permitted, Katie switched her focus from the sciences to campaign work, volunteering for various politicians including Barak Obama, 2008, Victoria Smith, Mayor of Orinda, 2008 and Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, Vermont 2015. Katie started at EMC Research as an intern and happily joined the fulltime staff in 2016. She currently resides on Bainbridge Island, outside of Seattle, WA where she spends her free time hiking and skiing.

 


Louis Quicksell

Louis Quicksell
Research Associate
louis@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9679

 

Louis Quicksell, Research Associate
Louis Quicksell is a Research Associate at EMC Research. As a research analyst, Louis is involved in all aspects of survey research, including questionnaire design, data analysis, and presentation design.

Louis has completed undergraduate course work in statistics, quantitative analysis, functional programming, and public opinion analysis. Prior to joining EMC Research, Louis interned at the Minnesota DFL Party Office in his hometown of St. Paul, MN.

Louis graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Computer Science

 


Dominic Wilson

Dominic Wilson
Research Associate
dwilson@emcresearch.com
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 827-9680

 

Dominic Wilson, Research Associate
Dominic Wilson is a Research Associate here at EMC Research. As a Research Associate, Dominic is involved in survey monitoring, data analysis, and presentation design.

Prior to joining EMC Research, Dominic worked at Ohio Wesleyan's Politics and Government Department as a student assistant. He has also interned with Fassett, Anthony and Taylor P.A. in Orlando, Florida. In conjunction, Dominic has an extensive background with customer service, sales and retail merchandising.

Dominic has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Government with a minor in Spanish and Economic Management from Ohio Wesleyan University. As a student, Dominic studied abroad at Universidad de Granada (Granada, Spain), served as Sergeant at Arms for student council, named Senior captain on the OWU football team, and has received NCAC All-Conference recognition for football.

 


Melissa Ashbaugh

Melissa Ashbaugh
Field Associate
melissa@emcresearch.com
Portland, Oregon
(503) 444-6004

 

Melissa Ashbaugh, Field Associate
Melissa Ashbaugh is a Field Associate for EMC Research. EMC’s Field Department is dedicated to managing data collection for all EMC projects. Melissa tests survey instruments, pulls samples and counts, and monitors daily data progress, ensuring that project deadlines and budget needs are met for the project team and clients, while upholding our strict quality standards.

Prior to joining EMC, Melissa served as a Washington State Reading Corps member in Olympia, WA, teaching reading to K-5 students in a Title I School. As a Reading Corps member she provided small group tutoring to high need students, organized family engagement events, and oversaw volunteer recruitment and management. While completing her undergraduate degree, Melissa spent two summers as an intern in an infectious disease lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, researching the pathogenesis and virulence regulation of Group A Streptococcus pyogenes. As an intern she coauthored a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Reed College. In her undergraduate thesis she compared the efficacy of two methods of RNA sequencing analysis in non-genomic model organisms.

 


James Barnett

James Barnett
Deputy Field Director
jbarnett@emcresearch.com
Portland, Oregon
(503) 444-6003

 

James Barnett, Deputy Field Director
He is involved in the oversight, management, and implementation of all EMC projects in the field. He ensures methodological and sampling accuracy, prices projects, and provides quality control for data collection.

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 has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from California State University Stanislaus

 


Kathryn Davison

Kathryn Davison
Field Associate
kdavison@emcresearch.com
Portland, Oregon
(503) 444-6001

 

Kathryn Davison, Field Associate
Kathryn Davison is a Field Associate for EMC Research. EMC’s Field Department is dedicated to managing data collection for all EMC projects. Kathryn tests survey instruments, pulls samples and counts, and monitors daily data progress, ensuring that project deadlines and budget needs are met for the project team and clients, while upholding our strict quality standards.

Kathryn comes to EMC after extensive university leadership experience working in Pacific University's Center for Civic Engagement, Career Development Center, and Residence Life Department. Kathryn experienced the diverse healthcare system working in an Emergency Department for a year before joining EMC’s team. Outside of work, she dedicates time to the Make A Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, National MS Society, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science Integrative Physiology with a minor in Psychology from Pacific University in Oregon.

 


David Gurevich

David Gurevich
Accounting Associate
dgurevich@emcresearch.com
Irving, Texas
(972) 717-7871

 

David Gurevich, Accounting Associate
David helps manage accounts payable and assists in general office tasks. Since joining EMC Research as an intern in 2016, David has expanded his responsibilities to general accounting and office duties.

David comes to EMC Research from a background in accounting, sales, and customer service. In his spare time, David enjoys exploring Dallas’s food scene and hopelessly watching the Dallas Cowboys not make it to the Super Bowl.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas.

 


Dione Say

Dione Say
Office Manager/Accountant
Dione@emcresearch.com
Irving, Texas
(510) 550-8928

 

Dione Say, Office Manager/Accountant
She 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.

 


Robye Swartz

Robye Swartz
Accounting Associate
robye@emcresearch.com
Irving, Texas
(972) 717-7871

 

Robye Swartz, Accounting Associate
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.