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John Anzalone is one of the nation’s top pollsters and messaging strategists. He has more than twenty-five years of polling experience and has polled for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama (2008 & 2012), Hillary Clinton (2016) and is currently polling for Joe Biden (2020). As a pollster, he has helped elect U.S. senators, governors, dozens of members of Congress and numerous other office holders up and down the ballot.
In 2018, John helped elect new governors in Michigan (Gretchen Whitmer), and Nevada (Steve Sisolak). In 2016, he polled for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the fight against the state’s anti-LGBT laws, and in 2019 helped to re-elect Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards – who is the only Democratic governor in the deep south and “stunned Republicans with his reelection victory in the ruby red state.” During the 2018 midterms, John’s firm helped flip five GOP congressional seats as well as elect Kyrsten Sinema to the Senate in Arizona.
In the last two decades, John and his firm have helped beat more incumbent Republicans and take back more Republican seats than any other polling firm in the nation.
John and his team at ALG Research work regularly with the Democratic Governors Association, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House Majority PAC, and Senate Majority PAC. They also work with important Democratic allies like the Human Rights Campaign, Emily’s List, The Hub Project, Planned Parenthood and a number of labor and trade unions. In the corporate realm, John has helped Fortune 500 companies with data driven corporate strategy and strategic messaging.
A leader in his field, reporters from the nation’s top news publications routinely call on him for his expertise and political insights, and you can find him quoted in stories featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call and CNN, amongst others.
Prior to his polling career, Anzalone was a campaign operative and was one of the first staffers in Iowa for Joe Biden for President in 1987. He also worked for Democratic strategist James Carville on U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 1988 campaign as his Political Director. He began his political career as an aide to David Wilhelm (who later became DNC Chairman) at Citizens for Tax Justice and the AFL-CIO, and then went on to manage campaigns in five states.
The son of two union members, John grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan, and graduated from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. John is married and has four children, four dogs, and lives in Montgomery, Alabama. He roots for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Chicago Cubs.
Jeffrey Liszt is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, by way of the University of Chicago. Along with partner John Anzalone, Jeff polled for the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign in seven states, including Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. He has polled for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Democratic Governors Association independent expenditures, including the DSCC’s successful IE campaign for Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010. His international experience includes recent work in Ukraine and Slovakia. His non-political work includes extensive polling on healthcare, conservation, energy, and education. Jeff is also an Ironman triathlete.
Lisa Grove has been the lead strategist and pollster for political candidates, nonprofit organizations, corporations and labor unions for over 20 years. She has a reputation for providing rock-solid research, unique insight, and successful messaging, communications and outreach plans. She is known for fretting the details while never losing sight of the big picture. And with an unmatched ballot measure win-loss record of 90 and ten, she almost always wins.
Lisa has had the privilege of working with an array of clients from U.S. senators, members of Congress and governors to labor unions, national advocacy organizations, and Hollywood celebrities. This last cycle was one of her best. She helped develop the winning message frame for California’s Prop. 32 — the odious payroll deduction measure that was defeated handily. CalPeek, the state’s largest political notebook called her one of the “winners” coming out of the California election. She helped knock off two GOP members of Congress (Brian Bilbray, Dan Lungren) in very evenly matched, tough-to-win seats and helped win a hard-fought open seat in Arizona. She also helped develop the values messaging that led to the big marriage equality wins in Minnesota, Maine, Washington, and Maryland, and served as campaign pollster for Minnesotans United for All Families-the first-ever defeat of a state constitutional ban on the freedom to marry.
Electing women to higher office is another passion. Grove served as lead strategist and Women’s Monitor pollster for EMILY’s List, developing key messaging for Independent women across the country, resulting in a record number of women elected to office this year. She also conducted polling for women’s outreach messaging in key battleground states that helped President Obama win women by 11 points.
Grove determined early on that outdoor exercise was cheaper than therapy which is why she now lives on the small, remote island of Lana’i, Hawaii. She is an avid mountain biker, trail runner, rough water swimmer and hiking guide (www.hikelanai.com), getting outside every chance she gets. She loves being a mom of a math whiz and junior pollster named Max and is actively involved in his school and president of the School Foundation she helped to create.
Matt has polled for the Democratic nominee in the past four U.S. presidential elections, including polling for President Obama in the key states of Florida, Virginia, Nevada, and North Carolina for his 2012 re-election campaign. Matt has also polled for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), and for candidates at all levels of government, from mayor to the U.S. Senate. He is proud to have been part of the team that helped elect Ayanna Pressley to Congress in his home congressional district (MA-7), and he has extensive experience polling on issues such as healthcare, education, tax policy, immigration, and election reform.
Matt holds a masters degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in History from James Madison University. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, daughter, and son.
During his more than 12 years at ALG Research, Zac has been integrally involved in the firm’s work at all levels – from the White House and Congress to state houses and city halls. Zac has served as pollster and strategist for Governors, members of Congress, mayors, state legislative caucuses, and public-interest groups. Zac has also polled for county and municipal officials from Las Vegas to Chicago to Charlotte.
Zac is the lead pollster for Governors John Bel Edwards (LA) and Steve Sisolak (NV) and led the firm’s work partnering with Doug Jones campaign and DSCC to help elect the first Democratic Senator from Alabama in a generation.
In addition to his work with candidates, Zac often works closely with the DSCC, DCCC, and DGA to elect Democrats across the country and also partners with labor unions, major corporations, and non-profit organizations to help them achieve their public policy goals. Additionally, Zac has a wealth of experience with environmental and conservation groups, and has partnered with the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, and the Nature Conservancy, among others to impact environmental policy at the national, state, and local level.
Zac is also an experienced focus group moderator, having moderated 100+ focus groups in more than twenty states and in all regions of the country. Zac joined the firm in 2007 after serving as the Communications Director for the Alabama Democratic Party and working in statewide and local campaigns. He has appeared on various television news programs, has been quoted in a variety of national publications, and profiled in Campaigns and Elections magazine.
He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama. He and his wife Barbara, a mechanical engineer, live with their dog Fritz, a well-behaved Italian Greyhound.
Molly Murphy specializes in domestic political campaigns and has worked on hundreds of statewide, congressional, and local races all over the country. In addition to her work with candidates, Molly works closely with the DSCC, DCCC, and DGA to elect Democrats across the country and help identify winning progressive messaging. Molly has done extensive research work for progressive issue organizations including the Rockefeller Family Fund, EMILY’s List, SEIU, Human Rights Campaign, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
In 2018, Molly is proud to have helped Kyrsten Sinema navigate a tight race and become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona. She was also an integral part of the team that helped the North Carolina House Democrats break the Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber that same year. In 2016, Molly was an integral part of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s electoral victory over incumbent Pat McCrory – a significant flip in a state that Donald Trump won at the top of the ticket.
Molly has also overseen numerous victories at the congressional level including the recent victories of Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Donna Shalala (FL-27) in 2018, Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) in 2016, and Pete Aguilar (CA-31) in 2014.
Molly has also done extensive research on how to elevate family economic policies, including equal pay, paid family and medical leave, long term care, and affordable childcare. She was part of the team that helped develop the Fair Shot Campaign in partnership with EMILY’s List, CAP, SEIU, and Planned Parenthood.
In 2019, Molly was recognized as one of the American Association of Political Consultant’s “40 Under 40.”
Molly lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Sean and their children, Charlie and Maeve.
Brian is a Partner at ALG Research and manages the firm’s Chicago office. He has a specialty in Midwestern politics, having polled on successful campaigns for governor (Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan), Senate (Joe Donnelly DSCC IE 2012 in Indiana), and Congress (Haley Stevens in MI-11, Cindy Axne in IA-3, et al). He has also polled for winning ballot measures across the region and the country, and he’s worked for the DCCC to help flip and defend swing seats around the country.
Brian has also done work for labor unions across the country including research on broad union branding, specific contract negotiations, worker safety/training issues, and organizing drives at public universities. This includes ballot-measure campaigns important to unions such as road funding and prevailing wage.
Brian also has led much of the firm’s international work. In 2015 he was the lead advisor for now-President Muhammadu Buhari, who with Brian’s help became the first Nigerian ever to beat an incumbent President. Brian helped Buhari navigate his re-election in 2019. He also has worked in Haiti with the National Democratic Institute to elect more women, Nicaragua to make government more free and fair, and Algeria to train parties and candidates on gathering public opinion.
A Seattle native, Brian lives in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood with his wife, daughter, dog, and two cats.
Kevin is an experienced pollster who has elected Democrats and progressives from city hall to the U.S. Senate. The son of a union steelworker, he is particularly proud of his work with organized labor, including recently defeating Right-to-Work by a 35-point margin at the ballot box in a conservative state.
Kevin brings a depth of experience polling diverse areas. He is a go-to Florida pollster who has employed bilingual and multi-modal research to pick up legislative and municipal wins, pass ballot initiatives, and has worked in the state’s bellwether Congressional Districts (including polling for Rep. Charlie Crist in FL-13). Kevin has also polled throughout California: as a part of the team for Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), for organized labor, and in targeted legislative races across the Golden State.
Kevin also specializes in culturally moderate-to-conservative pockets of the country – and has won. This includes passing ballot measures in the South and Heartland, wins at the legislative and municipal level in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida, and serving as pollster for Rep. Joe Cunningham in SC-01, one of the biggest upsets in 2018 (a seat Trump carried by +13 points).
Kevin has seen the innerworkings of polling from all angles – working his way from a call house interviewer to a trusted strategist. Kevin earned an M.A. in political science from the University of Florida and a B.A. from Huntingdon College. He and his wife Chris live in Montgomery, where they raise their young sons Graham and Owen.
Diana Candelaria is the Administrative Manager at ALG Research. Diana is responsible for all areas of office operations, including accounts payable and receivable, vendor and client contracts, human resources and preparing client project packages. Prior to joining ALG Research, she worked as the contract administrator and network administrator for McClinton & Company, Inc., a local commercial real estate developer.
Diana is a magna cum laude graduate from South University, holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in leadership and management.
Sean Champagne is a Louisiana native and Junior Associate in ALG Research’s Montgomery office. Prior to joining ALG, he worked with a variety of civil rights organizations, including the Innocence Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Sean has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History and the Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was recognized as the Distinguished Public Interest Scholar for his graduating class.
Mayra Cuevas is an Associate at ALG Research where she works with a variety of Democratic campaigns and progressive causes. She is involved in projects from start to finish, including developing questionnaires, poll analysis, and data visualization.
Mayra joined ALG Research in 2019 after working at EMC Research for three years. Her introduction to public opinion research occurred in graduate school, where she helped conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews in Quezon, Philippines in order to gauge the impact of climate change on food security and nutrition.
Mayra holds a Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from La Sierra University.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS
Casey Farmer is the Senior Director of Projects at ALG Research. She is responsible for overseeing client research and the development of ALG’s analytical capabilities. Casey graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2003 with a degree in Anthropology and Mathematics. Most recently Casey attended Georgia State University where she received a master’s in 2010 in Quantitative/Educational Research with a focus on statistical analysis.
Prior to joining ALG, Casey worked for many years with a wilderness therapy program in Northeast Georgia Mountains. She is a dedicated runner and enjoys spending time outside with her husband and two sons in Montgomery where they live.
Samantha Gilbert is an Associate at ALG Research where she works for a variety of Democratic campaigns, progressive causes, and organizations. She is responsible for preparing analytical reports and presentations which help them meet their strategic goals by offering messaging and targeting guidance.
Samantha is proudest of her involvement with research efforts to understand the results of the 2016 cycle and inform progressive organizations of how best to move forward, particularly as it relates to energizing women’s participation in politics.
Before joining ALG, Samantha worked on a congressional campaign in Montana, at several political fundraising firms, and at a non-profit in New York City that aims to curb food waste and expand food access to low-income New Yorkers.
Samantha graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in American History and French. In 2017, she earned her Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University.
Nolan Jackson was born and raised in Montgomery and graduated from Troy University in 2018 with a BA in Business Administration concentrating in Information Systems. He’s always had a keen interest in politics and is excited to be on the ALG Fielding team and learn the ins and outs of polling. As a fielding assistant, Nolan assists with the day-to-day fielding responsibilities and helps prepare projects as they come in.
While not buried in Excel he enjoys live music, a good workout and getting outdoors.
Bridget Kilmer is a Chicago native who recently moved to Montgomery with her husband, Owen and their two young children, Teddy and Gwen. Prior to joining ALG, Bridget worked in Chicago politics as an aide to Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey. In that role, Bridget handled all external communications for the office and helped research, develop and draft public policy, with an emphasis on criminal justice reform, animal welfare protections and good government. At ALG, Bridget serves as Executive Assistant to John Anzalone.
Bridget completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from DePaul University.
Ben Lenet is a Senior Associate in ALG Research’s Chicago office. Prior to joining ALG in 2019, Ben served as both the Director of Polling and Midwest Campaign Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In those roles he managed and designed the organization’s strategic research initiatives and executed state and national campaigns to combat climate change, lower carbon emissions, and protect safe drinking water.
Before working at NRDC, Ben ran the Democratic Party of Illinois’ statewide coordinated campaign in 2014, which won numerous constitutional offices and state legislative seats despite the tough environment for Democrats. Previously, Ben served as political director to Congressman Mike Quigley, and spent two cycles at The Strategy Group, a direct-mail firm based in Chicago.
When not working, Ben is probably on a golf course, cooking, or spending time with his wife Jordan and their dog Morty.
Joe Lumansoc was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia. Joe graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in marketing and a minor in history, where he was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. He currently attends Auburn University at Montgomery and is working toward a master’s degree in Applied Economics.
Prior to joining ALG, Joe worked in the corporate sector in sales, purchasing, and logistics. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing drums, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Haley.
Dorothy Manevich works with a wide variety of Democratic political campaigns and progressive organizations to help translate survey data into strategy. She is responsible for questionnaire writing, poll analysis and data visualization.
Before joining ALG, Dorothy worked at Pew Research Center doing international issue polling. She has experience polling in every region of the world on issues ranging from economics and climate change to elections and U.S. foreign policy.
In the past, Dorothy completed a Fulbright grant in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia and worked with good governance organizations in D.C. and New York. She graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University with a degree in Political Science and History.
Ansley Markwell is a Montgomery native and 2017 magna cum laude graduate of Troy University with degrees in European History and Human Services with a minor in English. While in school, she served as the editor for the history department’s scholarly journal The Alexandrian and has published three scholarly articles there. Prior to joining ALG, Ansley spent a short time working in higher education. As Fielding Assistant, it is her job to help the ALG team prepare projects to enter the field and monitor their progress once there.
As a lifelong resident of Alabama, Ansley is passionate about her home state and revitalizing Alabama politics. When she isn’t working with Excel spreadsheets, Ansley enjoys reading Cold War history, practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu, and watching the University of Georgia football.
Luke Martin is a Senior Associate in ALG Research’s Washington, D.C. office. Luke previously spent eight years at a boutique Democratic polling firm where he worked as a strategist advising progressive clients at the national, federal, state, and local levels. His marquee wins include successful campaigns in many Obama-Trump Congressional districts.
A native New Englander, Luke is originally from MidCoast Maine, and spent 4 years in Vermont where he worked in local politics and was the campaign manager for the Senate Majority Leader. While in Vermont, he also spent a year conducting policy research for the Vermont Legislature.
Luke and his wife Ally are the parents to the official ALG D.C. office dog, a golden retriever named Cabot. Luke is also a former ski instructor and still tries to spend as much time as he can on the mountain during the winter.
Saporsha is a native of Brewton, Alabama. She moved to Montgomery, Alabama to attend Auburn University at Montgomery, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communication. As Fielding Manager, it is her job to help the ALG team prepare projects to enter the field and monitor their progress once there.
Outside of work, she enjoys discovering new recipes, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Raven Sanders joined ALG Research as an Analyst where she assists in the development of accurate analytical reports after relocating from the Greater St. Louis area. Prior to joining ALG, Raven completed an internship in Buenos Aires and then went on to work as a Business Systems Consultant in the compliance department at Wells Fargo.
Raven graduated with a B. A. in Psychology from the University of Alabama in 2016 with double minors in History and Spanish.
Oren Savir is an Associate at ALG’s Chicago office, where he is extensively involved in local and state elections as well as in the wider Midwest. Oren is deeply interested in demography and societal change over time, and enjoys discovering new information about the electorate while helping to elect Democrats around the country.
Prior to joining ALG, Oren worked in disability law and advertising technology, and became involved in politics through organizing with grassroots reform clubs in Brooklyn. He earned his B.A. in History and Economics from Rutgers University and enjoys reading history, studying new languages, and dancing Lindy Hop.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Andrea Screws is the Director of Operations for ALG Research. She manages Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Finance and Marketing for all ALG offices. Andrea has extensive experience in both the corporate and non-profit sector with service companies such as HealthSouth, ARAMARK, KinderCare Learning Centers and the Kiwanis Foundation.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Huntingdon College in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Andrea and her husband, Euel, have two children, Emma and Anderson, and live in Montgomery, Alabama.
SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST & TRAINING COORDINATOR
Heather Standifer is ALG’s Senior Research Analyst & Training Coordinator. She is responsible for client research, aiding in the development of analytical reports, and training and development of our other Research Analysts and projects team. Heather graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s in Anthropology and English. She stayed on at Alabama to finish her master’s in Medical Anthropology in 2011 with research focusing on stress and masculinity in white Southern males.
When she’s not working, Heather enjoys playing guitar, anything craft related including quilting and knitting, and spending time with her husband, Adam, and their children, Levi, Darcy and Rowan in their Montgomery home. Roll Tide!
SENIOR RESEARCH & STRATEGY ANALYST
Tory started at ALG as an intern in the summer of 2016 during a memorable and fast-paced election cycle. Now in the Senior Research & Strategy Analyst role, she works to create statistical reports and ensure their accuracy.
Tory graduated with a B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on the UNC basketball team and cooking. Go Heels!
Graham is a Junior Associate at ALG Research. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2018 with a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs.
At Georgetown, he conducted qualitative interviews with witnesses, victims, and survivors of the Holocaust in Moldova and Poland. Prior to joining ALG, Graham worked at the American Sustainable Business Council and Holland & Knight, focusing on environmental policy.
Graham is a native of Los Angeles, California, and is passionate about bringing the blue energy of his home state to red districts and red states. In his free time, Graham likes to read about Eastern European history, try new food, and walk through different D.C. neighborhoods.
Sam Willoughby was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University in 2018 with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Political Science. While in school, he served as a news editor for the university’s student-run newspaper. At ALG, he helps prepare projects before they enter the field and tracks their progress once there.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, and is currently honing his cooking and photography skills. He hopes to one day be decent at either.
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