Associate Analysts


Geoff Puryear
Associate Analyst

Geoff Puryear is an associate analyst at Lake Research Partners. Before joining Lake Research, he did market research and communications consulting for numerous Fortune 500 clients at Penn Schoen and Berland. During the 2012 election cycle he served as the Political Director for the Florida Democratic Party’s state senate caucus, helping lead the caucus to its first net-gain of seats in 30 years, and ending the Republican super-majority in the Florida Senate. Geoff has worked for numerous campaigns and committees in Florida and across the South, including the 2008 Obama campaign, Organizing for America, and on Mayor Alvin Brown's successful campaign in Jacksonville, Florida.

Geoff graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in History in 2008 and has done graduate work in political science, focused on campaign strategy and communications, at the University of Florida. He is an avid college football enthusiast and lives with his wife in Washington, DC. 


Nik Bonovich
Associate Analyst

Bio coming soon...


Cornelia Treptow
Associate Analyst

Cornelia Treptow is an associate analyst having joined Lake Research Partners in 2010. In this role, Cornelia works with campaigns, non-profits and foundations, and has conducted research on a range of issues including animal rights, voter outreach, campaign finance and immigration. Previously Cornelia served as the Logistics Assistant to Celinda Lake. Before joining LRP, she interned at the Financial Times and spent a gap year working at the House of Commons in Great Britain.

A native of London, England, Cornelia speaks French and German. She holds a B.A. in Government and Economics from Smith College and a Five College Certificate in International Relations. While at Smith, she also served as President of the Smith College Debate Society. In her spare time, Cornelia is an officer for the StreetWise Partners training program. 


Matt Ogren
Associate Analyst

Matt Ogren joined Lake Research Partners in 2011. His work as an analyst includes research and strategy for Democratic campaigns at the federal, state, and local level, progressive organizations, and non-profit groups. Before joining LRP he worked with Media Matters for America, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. 

A Virginia native, Matt graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science. As the son of two United Methodist ministers, Matt is thrilled to work for candidates and causes committed to social justice and equal rights. 


Liesl Newton
Associate Analyst

Associate Analyst Liesl Newton joined Lake Research Partners in 2013. At LRP, she has conducted research on a variety of issues including healthcare, immigration, and education and done work supporting Democratic campaigns at the federal, state, and local level. Prior to joining LRP, Liesl taught high school Social Studies in rural Arkansas through Teach for America, worked on a variety of political campaigns, and, in college, served as a research assistant to Professor David Gergen. A San Francisco native, Liesl graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Social Studies. She is now happy to be home in the Bay Area.