• Progressive Leadership

    LRP works with leading voices in the progressive movement. We take pride in providing individual attention and strategy to every candidate we work for. From the U.S. Senate to City Hall and everywhere in between, we work side by side with our clients on developing communications and paid media, targeting supporters, and honing the messages that win persuadable voters. We use a full range of research tools, from surveys and focus groups to online town halls and ad testing to propel our clients to victory on Election Day.

  • Labor Movement

    We are national experts on unions and labor issues. LRP shares the goals of the labor movement and is committed to improving the lives of working people. Our in-depth message research has helped unions successfully advocate on issues including the minimum wage, the right to organize, retirement security and health care. Our research experience includes working with the AFL-CIO, UFCW, SEIU, NEA, AFSCME, CWA, UAW, and AFT.

  • Advancing Women's Rights and Equality

    LRP has extensive experience and nationally recognized expertise on a wide range of issues impacting women – from working to advance parity in politics and the workplace, we have considerable experience on issues impacting women’s health and quality of life, including domestic violence and sexual assault, discrimination issues, and reproductive health and rights. In fact, our commitment to a woman’s personal decision making on abortion has led us to work solely for pro-choice candidates.

  • Promoting Animal Welfare

    LRP is passionate about improving animal welfare and reducing animal suffering. We have a great deal of experience working on these issues with various advocacy organizations such as the HSUS, the ASPCA, and the Earth Island Institute, to name a few. We have conducted voter and consumer research over the last few years on a number of animal welfare related issues including factory farming, labeling, dog breeding standards, hormone and antibiotic issues, and orcas made to perform at entertainment parks.

  • Defending Human Rights and Equality

    LRP brings a passionate commitment and unparalleled experience to the cause of equality. Our partners have a deep and broad history of working for LGBT equality throughout the nation, including working with the first successful marriage equality efforts in Massachusetts and through the defeat of a marriage ban in Arizona. We have worked with The Human Rights Campaign, The Gill Foundation, Unity Michigan, Love Makes a Family, and many others. We have worked on projects involving diversity in the LGBT community, marriage, transgender issues, bullying, and other important issues.

  • Strategy | Precision | Impact

    LRP is a leading public opinion and political strategy research firm providing expert research-based strategy for campaigns, issue advocacy groups, foundations, unions, and non-profit organizations.

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Jessica Mejia
Associate Analyst

Jessica Mejia is an Associate Analyst at Lake Research Partners. She has conducted research on behalf of Democratic campaigns at the federal, state, and local level. Prior to joining LRP, Jessica worked for Benenson Strategy Group in their Washington, D.C. office. Her research portfolio included a variety of international political clients, domestic congressional and gubernatorial campaigns, and national and state issues. Born in Colombia and raised in Miami, Jessica graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs, and from the George Washington University with a Master’s degree in International Affairs.


Jesse Kline
Associate Analyst

Jesse joined Lake Research Partners in 2015. Jesse works primarily with issue advocacy organizations, non-profits, government agencies, and foundations surrounding a range of social issues including issues of women’s leadership, seniors and aging, transportation, the environment, social security, education, children, national security, gender-based violence and harassment, healthcare, reproductive healthcare, and workplace diversity. In addition to a wide range of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research, Jesse is also a certified focus group moderator. Prior to joining LRP, Jesse worked as a paralegal in New York City, volunteered for political campaigns in Massachusetts, and worked as an archives assistant at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. A New Jersey native, Jesse holds a B.A. in Government and English Language and Literature from Smith College of Massachusetts.


Corey Teter
Associate Analyst

Corey joined Lake Research Partners in 2015. While at LRP, Corey has worked for numerous political campaigns at the federal, state, and municipal levels, as well as a host of issue advocacy organizations, labor unions, and ballot initiative campaigns. His work during the 2016 cycle includes the Lieutenant Governor’s race in Missouri, Congressional races in New York, West Virginia, Kentucky; state legislature races in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and several statewide campaigns to raise the minimum wage in Colorado and Maine. Corey’s team also specializes in several policy areas including criminal justice reform, gun policy, and drug policy reform, and is currently working as part of a national campaign to change the narrative behind America’s growing problem with over incarceration. Before moving to LRP, Corey worked as a consultant at a political fundraising firm where he assisted several clients in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and as a field organizer for a Congressional race in his native Southern California. Corey received his master’s degree in communications and public policy from the American University in Washington DC and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of La Verne in Southern California.


Hayley Cohen
Associate Analyst

Hayley joined LRP in 2017, and brings a background in research, strategic communications, and public policy to the LRP team. Before joining LRP, Hayley worked on numerous candidate campaigns in municipal and statewide races. She has worked in campaign communications, earned media, and policy research. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University.


Kelsey Bullis
Associate Analyst

Kelsey joined Lake Research Partners in 2018, bringing a background in public policy, psychology and environmental science to the team. Before joining LRP, Kelsey worked as a paralegal in DC. And prior to that, she worked in grassroots campaigning and environmental advocacy work. Kelsey graduated from John Carroll University with a B.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an M.A. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.


Jonathan Voss 
Vice President

Jonathan Voss joined Lake Research Partners in 2011 and has a wide-range of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research. A trained focus group moderator, he currently works on a variety of issues for LRP including protecting the environment for future generations, ensuring every child has quality public education no matter the zip code they live in, restoring the balance in our economy so that hard working families can sustain a family, and ensuring that people can retire in dignity.

Jonathan’s clients include Ascend at the Aspen Institute, AFT, Center for American Progress, Center for Community Change, Choose Clean Water Coalition, Community Service Society of New York, Demos, ecoAmerica, Food Policy Action, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, NEA, NextGen Climate Action, New America Foundation, The Opportunity Agenda, Potomac Conservancy, Sierra Club, UnidosUS, and The Wilderness Society.

Originally from Orange County, New York, he has a Master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and also has a Bachelor’s degree in politics from NYU.  

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Cate Gormley 
Vice President

Cate Gormley joined the firm in 2006. Cate works with foundations, non-profits, and issue advocacy organizations and has a wide range of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Cate’s research portfolio includes a variety of progressive issues: reproductive health and justice, women’s leadership, workplace policies, national security, gender-based violence, children’s health, transportation and more. Cate brings a dedication to women's issues to her work every day. She worked to defeat anti-choice ballot measures in North Dakota (Measure 1 in 2014 and the Religious Liberty Restoration Amendment in June 2012), Colorado (Amendment 67 in 2014), Florida (Amendment 6 in 2012), New Mexico (Albuquerque 20-week ban in 2013), and California (Proposition 4 in 2008). In recognition of this and other work, Cate was named to the American Association of Political Consultants’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Cate is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English. She is the proud mother of two spirited children. 

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Dan Spicer
Senior Analyst

Dan Spicer joined Lake Research Partners in 2005, when Decision Research merged with Lake Snell Perry Mermin & Associates. Since 2001, Dan has served as an analyst on numerous projects across a broad range of issues, including education, health care, transportation and infrastructure, land use, environmental protection, affirmative action, civil rights, public safety, and campaign finance reform. His work has included polling and other research on behalf of Mark Begich for U.S. Senate, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, and the Congressional campaigns of Jerry McNerney, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Kurt Schrader, among others.

Prior to joining Decision Research, Dan taught political science courses at the University of Minnesota and has published research on the politics of abortion. Dan is a Minneapolis native, received his undergraduate degree in political science, sociology, and philosophy from Macalester College and his MA in political science from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives and works in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife Stephanie, daughter Riley, and lab-mix Callie.

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Meryl O'Bryan 
Senior Analyst

Meryl O’Bryan is a Senior Analyst at Lake Research Partners. In her role at LRP, Meryl works with Democratic campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as progressive organizations and non-profits. Prior to joining the firm, Meryl worked as an analyst at the Analyst Institute. Meryl received her M.A. in cognitive psychology from Claremont Graduate University where she went on to become a Ph.D. candidate. Her research background has focused on psycholinguistics, how people make decisions across lifespan, and how to effectively reach targets and present information in impactful ways. She is passionate about using her scientific background from academia in applied settings in order to provide proven results. Her work has included conducting studies and analyzing data involving hundreds of thousands of voters for campaigns and non-profits across the nation, including several studies regarding legislative races.




Gary Rittersteinn 
Senior Analyst

Senior Analyst Gary Ritterstein has worked closely with pollsters and consultants developing strategic campaigns for candidates, labor, and issue groups at every level. With extensive communications experience, he specializes in media planning, message training and rapid response, which provides tremendous insight in designing and implementing the firm’s research. He has also led successful primary and general election efforts, managed direct mail for congressional and local campaigns and handled paid media planning for the Governor and Senate committees as well as Senator Maggie Hassan’s upset victory in 2016.



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Joshua Ulibarri is a partner at Lake Research Partners.

In 2018, Joshua was recognized as the 2018 Pollster of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). The APPC’s Campaign Excellence Awards are largely known as the political-consultant industry’s highest honors and recognize consultants who have contributions to significant electoral wins, advancement of important causes or handling of meaningful public affairs campaigns.

Ulibarri’s selection is historic as he is the first Latino pollster to win the award.

Ulibarri’s polling, and LRP’s work in 2017 was historic by any standard. Ulibarri and his team were the only polling firm for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus in 2015 and 2017. In 2017, Democrats flipped 15 seats from red to blue and did not lose a single Democratic seat. The wins included sending 12 women to the Assembly, the first two Latinas, the first two Asian Pacific Islanders, the first lesbian, and the first out-transgender woman ever elected to a state legislature in United States history. Ulibarri and his team polled more than 20 districts, completed more than 40 surveys and reached more than 12,000 voters. In addition to being the sole pollster for the House Caucus, Ulibarri polls for four of the 19 Virginia Democratic State Senators.

In 2016, Ulibarri and his team elected a new Sheriff and District Attorney in Harris County, Texas and polled for the three-million-dollar independent expenditure campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona. Ulibarri’s issue work covers an impressive range of issues, including racial and LGBT equality, public education, poverty, health and science, responsible gun ownership, young voters, humane treatment of animals, and jury research. Known as a leading researcher among his generation of consultants, he is among the best methodologists and moderators in the field, and a sought-after Latino voice in progressive politics. He has particular experience working with organizations involved in registering, organizing, motivating, and turning out less likely voters, including The Latino Policy Coalition, the National Council of La Raza, the We Are America Alliance and Rock the Vote. Ulibarri has also polled for political campaigns, including U.S. Senator Jon Tester and several members of Congress, including Sheila Jackson Lee, Gerry Connolly, Andre Carson, and Ruben Gallego.

Having grown up in Kearns, Utah, Joshua now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Utah and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.


Listen to Josh discuss how Virginia victories can apply to 2018. 

See Josh on C-SPAN.
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Joshua Ulibarri personifies the credibility, integrity and professionalism of Lake Research Partners, and the consulting, polling and analytical work that the entire LRP staff is capable of doing…breaking complex data into understandable language, and using innovative methodologies that are scientifically-based…[T]hey employ their expertise as a means to pursue a cause, and are an invaluable resource in assuring that the voices of the common people are heard…Josh and LRP are an inextricable part of PEN’s impact."
Arnold F. Fege, Director of Public Engagement and Advocacy, Public Education Network, Washington, DC
Daniel Gotoff heads Lake Research Partners’ New York office. Since joining the firm in 1996, Daniel has worked for candidates at all levels of the electoral process as well as on a wide range of issues, including the economy, national security, and government accountability. 

Daniel’s tenure at LRP has included extensive research for clients, including Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional, Gubernatorial, and Mayoral candidates, as well as the DNC, DCCC and the NAACP National Voter Fund. He has also led the firm’s overseas consulting on campaigns in Mexico and the Caribbean. Daniel’s analyses of the American political landscape are regularly published and he is a contributor on The Leon Charney Report and other political and public affairs news shows. 

In 2009, Daniel was named a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine. In 2011, Daniel was honored to lead the team that was awarded a Pollie for "Best Use of New Technology In a Candidate, Ballot/Initiative or Public Affairs Campaign" by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC)

Gotoff holds a B.A. in history and Italian from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 
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For over 30 years, Dr. Robert Meadow has been one of the top Democratic pollsters and strategists in the country. Bob joined Lake Research Partners in 2005, following LRP’s acquisition of Decision Research, the firm he founded in 1982. Bob has worked for dozens of current and former members of Congress, statewide officials, state legislators, mayors and city council members, and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on ballot measure and initiative campaigns. He has been a lead consultant for state legislative caucuses in New Hampshire, Ohio, Washington, Pennsylvania, Florida, Oregon, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Oklahoma.

In addition to his work with political candidates, Bob specializes in environmental issues, education, civil rights, transportation, land use, infrastructure, public financing and is a pollster for the leading animal welfare groups. He also has conducted research for cities, school districts and numerous public agencies. Bob brings to LRP extensive campaign experience, as well as formal academic research training. He was a partner in a full-service political consulting firm, with responsibilities for campaign strategy and management, media production and survey research.

Before becoming a political consultant, Bob was a noted academic. He received his Ph.D. in political science as well as his bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Southern California, and the founding Director of the Kentucky Poll and the University of Kentucky Survey Research Center. Bob has authored four books and dozens of articles on public opinion, media and politics.

Bob reads and speaks passable French, Spanish and Italian, and has a reading knowledge of Portuguese. In addition to his travels around the world, he has lived in Argentina, Chile, Singapore, Italy, Australia and the UK. He is based in Southern California.

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"Bob Meadow was more than a pollster. He was a full member of our team, working with our media and mail consultant to sharpen our message."
Kurt Schrader, US Congressman (OR-5)

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