OUR TEAM

Diversity that wins.

 

 

John Anzalone

John Anzalone

Partner
Zac McCrary

Zac McCrary

Partner
Casey Farmer

Casey Farmer

Director of Research
Heather Standifer

Heather Standifer

Assistant Director of Research
Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson

Senior Research Analyst
Grant Gregory

Grant Gregory

Research Assistant
Andrea Screws

Andrea Screws

Director of Operations
Jeff Liszt

Jeff Liszt

Partner
Molly Murphy

Molly Murphy

Partner
Kevin Akins

Kevin Akins

Vice President
Tania Johns

Tania Johns

Focus Group Coordinator & Research Assistant
Tory Waters

Tory Waters

Senior Research Analyst
Nick Lepore

Nick Lepore

Research Assistant
Diana Candelaria

Diana Candelaria

Administrative Manager
Lisa Grove

Lisa Grove

Partner
Brian Stryker

Brian Stryker

Partner
Pia Nargundkar

Pia Nargundkar

Senior Associate
Samantha Gilbert

Samantha Gilbert

Associate
Dorothy Manevich

Dorothy Manevich

Junior Associate
Raven Sanders

Raven Sanders

Junior Research Analyst
Mona Thinavongsa

Mona Thinavongsa

Executive Assistant
Matt Hogan

Matt Hogan

Partner
Carlie Butler

Carlie Butler

V.P. of Project Services
Geoff Puryear

Geoff Puryear

Senior Associate
Saporsha Riley

Saporsha Riley

Project Coordinator
Oren Savir

Oren Savir

Junior Associate
Sam Willoughby

Sam Willoughby

Fielding Assistant
John Anzalone

John Anzalone

Partner
Jeff Liszt

Jeff Liszt

Partner
Lisa Grove

Lisa Grove

Partner
Matt Hogan

Matt Hogan

Partner
Zac McCrary

Zac McCrary

Partner
Molly Murphy

Molly Murphy

Partner
Brian Stryker

Brian Stryker

Partner
Carlie Butler

Carlie Butler

V.P. of Project Services
Casey Farmer

Casey Farmer

Director of Research
Kevin Akins

Kevin Akins

Vice President
Pia Nargundkar

Pia Nargundkar

Senior Associate
Geoff Puryear

Geoff Puryear

Senior Associate
Heather Standifer

Heather Standifer

Assistant Director of Research
Tania Johns

Tania Johns

Focus Group Coordinator & Research Assistant
Samantha Gilbert

Samantha Gilbert

Associate
Saporsha Riley

Saporsha Riley

Project Coordinator
Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson

Senior Research Analyst
Tory Waters

Tory Waters

Senior Research Analyst
Dorothy Manevich

Dorothy Manevich

Junior Associate
Oren Savir

Oren Savir

Junior Associate
Grant Gregory

Grant Gregory

Research Assistant
Nick Lepore

Nick Lepore

Research Assistant
Raven Sanders

Raven Sanders

Junior Research Analyst
Sam Willoughby

Sam Willoughby

Fielding Assistant
Andrea Screws

Andrea Screws

Director of Operations
Diana Candelaria

Diana Candelaria

Administrative Manager
Mona Thinavongsa

Mona Thinavongsa

Executive Assistant

JOHN ANZALONE

PARTNER

John Anzalone has over twenty-five years of polling experience and has polled for the presidential campaigns of both Barack Obama (2008 & 2012) and Hillary Clinton (2016). John has helped elect U.S. Senators, Governors and dozens members of Congress and most recently polled for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the fight against the state’s anti-LGBT laws. In the last two decades, John has helped beat more incumbent Republicans and take back more Republican seats than any other polling firm in the nation. ALG Polling works regularly with the DSCC, DGA, and DCCC, as well as with the Human Rights Campaign, Emily’s List, the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood. 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 strategists James Carville in U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 1988 campaign. 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, MI. John is married and has four children and lives in Montgomery, AL.

 

Jeff Liszt

PARTNER

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 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 an Ironman triathlete and currently lives in Boston, MA.

Lisa Grove

PARTNER

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 HOGAN

PARTNER

Matt is a Partner who runs ALG’s office in Cambridge, MA. 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 U.S. Senate, as well as on issues such as healthcare, education, tax policy, immigration reform, and internet access. 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.

ZAC MCCRARY

PARTNER

During nearly a decade 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 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 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 dozens of 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 is a regular contributor for 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.

Brian Stryker

PARTNER

Brian Stryker is a Partner with ALG and plays a key role in the firm’s Midwestern, Northeastern, and Pacific Northwest practices for a range of political and non-profit clients. Notable focuses of his include Illinois, where he helped the Illinois Senate Democrats build a 40-19 supermajority in 2012, making them the largest Senate Democratic caucus in the country and giving them the largest state Democratic caucus in Illinois history. He has conducted polls in all corners of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, and he’s polled in half of the state’s 18 congressional districts as well as in every media market of the state. Outside of Illinois, he worked on independent expenditure polling for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Indiana in 2012, helping defeat anti-abortion extremist Richard Mourdock and elect Joe Donnelly to the U.S. Senate. He has also conducted dozens of polls in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2005. As part of his role as a pollster and strategic advisor, Stryker has a specialty in advanced statistical analysis, turnout modeling, and disparate survey methods such as cellphone, Internet, text-message, and face-to-face polling. This includes hard-to-reach audiences such as low-turnout elections and polls of small geographic areas. Stryker speaks conversational Spanish and plays a major role in the firm’s polling in Latin America as well as in Hispanic-heavy polling in the United States that includes Spanish-language dialing. Stryker has worked in polling since 2005 and came to ALG in 2010 via Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. He has also worked as a research analyst at the political targeting firm National Committee for an Effective Congress (NCEC) and as an on-the-ground campaign staffer in field and fundraising roles across the country for campaigns in Washington State and in Florida. He is a Seattle native and a lifelong University of Washington Husky.

MOLLY MURPHY

PARTNER

Molly Murphy 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. Molly also specializes in domestic political campaigns and has worked on dozens of statewide, congressional, and local races all over the country, but particularly in California, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Iowa, and Colorado. In addition to her work with candidates, Molly works closely with the DSCC, DCCC, and DGA to elect Democrats across the country.

In 2011, Molly was an integral part of the team that helped Connecticut become the first state in the nation to pass guaranteed paid sick days for workers. Since then she has provided strategic advice and polling that has helped campaigns at the state and local level pass similar measures, Massachusetts’s successful 2014 ballot measure to pass a statewide paid sick day policy.

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 child care. She was part of the team that helped develop the Fair Shot Campaign in partnership with EMILY’s List, CAP, SEIU, and Planned Parenthood.

Molly lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Sean and their dog.

CARLIE BUTLER

VICE PRESIDENT OF PROJECT SERVICES

Carlie Butler is the Vice President of Project Services at ALG Research. She tracks the status of multiple polling projects from their inception to their completion, ensuring that they are completed in a timely manner. Prior to joining ALG Research, she was the state Alzheimer’s Project Coordinator at the Alabama Department of Senior Services. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery and graduated summa cum laude from Faulkner University in 2003 with a B.A. in English.

KEVIN AKINS

VICE PRESIDENT

Kevin is an experienced pollster who has helped elect 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 labor organizations around the country, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, NEA, SEIU, and UFCW.

Other main areas of focus for Kevin include state legislative polling, work throughout Florida and California, and drug policy reform research. He has also had a number of initiative victories at the ballot box, including recently raising the tobacco tax in California and passing a medical marijuana amendment statewide in Florida.

Kevin has more than a decade in and around polling – working his way from a call house interviewer to a trusted political strategist. Kevin earned a Master’s degree in political science and political campaigning from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College. He and his wife Chris live in Montgomery, where they raise their young sons Graham and Owen.

CASEY FARMER

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Casey Farmer is the Director of Research at ALG Research.  She is responsible for overseeing client research and the development of ALGR’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.

Pia Nargundkar

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Pia Nargundkar is a Senior Associate at ALG Research, where she provides messaging and targeting guidance to Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot, from President to State House, and all across the country, from Hawaii to Virginia. During the 2016 cycle, Pia polled for Hillary for America in over a dozen states.

In addition to working for Democratic candidates, she has done extensive research for progressive organizations and is proudest of her work to move public opinion on issues including women’s health and economic rights, LGBT equality, racial justice and education funding.

Pia is also dedicated to increasing women’s participation in politics, and has previously been a featured speaker at the Ohio Women’s Voter Summit and the South Florida Women of Color Empowerment Conference.

Prior to joining ALG, Pia worked for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Center for American Progress. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.

Geoff Puryear

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Geoff Puryear has a background in opinion research for Democratic candidates at all levels of government from county level offices to President, as well as for multiple non-profit and Fortune 500 clients. He has polled for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Senate Majority PAC, and for the Florida Democratic Party and has worked on races across the county, with particularly deep experience conducting research for political clients in Florida, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Texas. His international research experience includes polling in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. In his non-political work, he has polled extensively on issues such as racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and education.

Before joining ALG, Geoff worked on numerous political campaigns and causes including the Obama presidential campaign, on a gubernatorial race in Virginia, for the Florida Democratic Party, and for Organizing for America in South Carolina. Geoff graduated from the University of Mississippi and has done graduate work in political science at the University of Florida. He currently lives and works in Florida with his wife Pam and son Jack.

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TANIA Johns

FOCUS GROUP COORDINATOR & RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Tania Johns, Focus Group Coordinator/Research Assistant, coordinates the logistics behind in-person and virtual focus groups. She is also responsible for preparing reports, presentations and data visualization. Tania is proudest of her involvement with our Doug Jones work for the DSCC in 2017, having moderated focus groups and monitoring polls. She previously served as a Program Coordinator here at ALG. Tania is dedicated to social justice issues and increasing women’s participation in politics.

Prior to joining ALG, she worked with the Alabama Department of Human Resources’ Welfare-to-Work Program. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Health Care Administration & Policy from Auburn University Montgomery and is a 2003 graduate of Alabama State University with a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.

Heather Standifer

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH 

Heather Standifer is ALG’s Assistant Director of Research. 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 and Darcy in their Montgomery home. Roll Tide!

TORY WATERS

SENIOR RESEARCH 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 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!

Samantha Gilbert

ASSOCIATE

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.

Dorothy manevich

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

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.

oren savir

junior associate

Oren Savir is a Junior Associate at ALG Research, where he assists in all aspects of the polling process as well as data visualization and mapping. 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 took a tour through the legal and advertising industries. His entry into political work came through volunteering 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 boxing.

Grant Gregory

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Grant Gregory is a Research Assistant at ALG Research, where he develops quantitative reports and documents for internal and external use. Prior to joining ALG, Grant worked as a Research Coordinator for No Labels, where he helped develop their national strategy by conducting candidate research and assessing new electoral opportunities. In addition to his work with No Labels, Grant has worked in various capacities on competitive congressional races across the country. Grant graduated with a B.A. in Political Geography at the University of Iowa in 2016.

Nick Lepore

Research assistant

Nick Lepore is a native of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from American University in 2018 with a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government with a minor in International Relations and a focus in National Security and Conflict Resolution. In the past, he’s worked in the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading and making homemade pasta sauce. His favorite works are The Inferno by Dante Alighieri and The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nick is passionate about disability rights and studying the Fourth Amendment’s relationship to 21st Century technology and the Third Party Doctrine.

Saporsha Riley

Project Coordinator

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 BA in Communication. As a project coordinator, 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.

SAM WILLOUGHBY

FIELDING ASSISTANT

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.

Raven Sanders

JUNIOR RESEARCH ANALYST

Raven Sanders joined ALG Research as a Junior Research 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.

aNDREA SCREWS

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 & Anderson, and live in Montgomery, AL.

Diana Candelaria

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

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 Anzalone Liszt Grove 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.

Mona Thinavongsa

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

As an Executive Assistant for ALG Research, Mona Thinavongsa is responsible for all clerical, marketing and administrative support of the Senior Partners. This includes managing the partner’s schedules, coordinating travel and events, and ensuring that the all ALG offices are well organized, adequately resourced, and prepared to carry out its daily tasks. Prior to joining ALG, Mona was a political fundraiser for former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and several other down-ballot candidates and initiatives.

Mona received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). In her free time, Mona volunteers at her local women’s shelter, travels around the world collecting passport stamps, and loves to cook meals that are social media worthy. #MonaApron

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