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. 


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. 


Matt McDermott
Associate Analyst

Matt McDermott joined Lake Research as Field Director in 2013. Prior to joining LRP, Matt was an Account Associate with Mammen Group, managing the production of coordinated mail programs during the 2012 election. Through his experience, he has developed an extensive background in issue advocacy and digital communications. His previous experience includes time at DCS Congressional, executing constituency outreach programs through email and social media development, at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as an organizer for Outdoor Nation in partnership with the Presidents American Great Outdoors Initiative. A Rhode Island native, Matt graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from the George Washington University and studied abroad at the London School of Economics.