• 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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Meryl O'Bryan
Associate Analyst

Meryl O’Bryan is an Associate 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.


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. Working primarily with foundations, issue advocacy organizations, and nonprofits, her research covers a wide range of social issues including workplace diversity, domestic violence and sexual assault, women in the military and elected office, education, seniors and aging, and children. Prior to joining LRP, Jesse worked as a paralegal in New York City, as an archives assistant at the Sophia Smith Collection, and as a volunteer on a number of political campaigns in Massachusetts.

A native of New Jersey, Jesse holds a B.A. in Government and English Language and Literature from Smith College.


Corey Teter
Associate Analyst

Corey joined Lake Research Partners in 2015.  His work includes research for political campaigns, issue advocacy organizations, and international projects. Before joining the LRP he worked as a fundraiser for Democratic political candidates. A California native, Corey graduated from the University of La Verne with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Communications from American 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 access to a 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. Prior to joining LRP, Jonathan worked at Benenson Strategy Group and The Feldman Group conducting research across the country for numerous local, congressional, and state-wide campaigns and ballot initiatives. He has provided strategic guidance for international campaigns, issue coalitions, corporations and non-profit organizations.

Originally from Orange County New York, Jonathan started working on political campaigns after college in New York City and around the country. 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 Lake Research Partners in 2006. Cate works with foundations, non-profits, and issue advocacy organizations. She has conducted research on a range of progressive issues including education, reproductive health, the environment, women’s issues, children’s health, poverty, and more. She is an experienced focus group moderator.

A native of Houston, Cate graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a B.A. in English. Before joining LRP, Cate was involved with several campaigns in Austin. During the 2004 election cycle, Cate worked as a community organizer for the Democratic National Committee and MoveOn Political Action Committee. Following the election, she was the Public Relations Coordinator for the National Foundation for Women Legislators in Washington, DC. During football season, even in election years, Cate makes time to watch the Longhorns play on Saturdays. 

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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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Zoe Grotophorst 
Senior Analyst

Zoe Grotophorst joined Lake Research Partners in 2016. She brings with her extensive experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research for government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining LRP, Zoe was the Director of Research and Content Services at Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University and B.A. in Public Policy from The College of William and Mary.



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Gary Ritterstein
Senior Analyst

Gary Ritterstein joins LRP having worked closely with dozens of pollsters and other consultants in developing strategic campaigns for candidates, labor and other issue groups at every level across the country. In addition to his decade of experience in media and communications, he has led a number of successful primary and general election campaigns, managed the direct mail efforts for congressional and local campaigns and handled the paid media planning for the Governor and Senate party committees as well as Senator Maggie Hassan’s upset victory in New Hampshire in 2016. He got his start on Capitol Hill in Senator Schumer’s Office, working his way through American University’s law school until he joined Hillary Clinton’s first Presidential primary campaign. Over the course of his career, he has developed a specialty in media planning, message training and rapid response, which provides tremendous value in designing and implementing the firm’s opinion research in a way that wins.

Joshua Ulibarri is a partner at Lake Research Partners. Joshua was the sole pollster in 2017 for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus in what was a historic election and his issue work covers the progressive spectrum. His research projects cover 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. Joshua has an extensive client list that includes some of the strongest organizations involved in registering, organizing, motivating, and turning out less likely voters, including The Latino Policy Coalition, the National Council of La Raza, the Center for Community Change, the We Are America Alliance, Women's Voices, Women Vote and Rock the Vote. He has worked with Food and Water Watch and the Humane Society of the United States as well as the Brady Campaign, BISC, the Public Education Network, the Human Rights Campaign, the AAMC and LSAC. His past and current political clients include U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Congressmen Gerry Connolly, Ruben Gallego, and Henry Cuellar, Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor Chris Beutler, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Texas State Representative Rick Noriega, and Phoenix City Councilmember Kate 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 25 years, Bob Meadow has been one of the top Democratic pollsters in the country. Bob joined Lake Research Partners in 2005, following LRP’s acquisition of Decision Research, the firm Bob founded. 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 the lead consultant for legislative caucuses in New Hampshire, Ohio, Washington, Pennsylvania, Florida, 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 animal welfare issues. At LRP, Bob heads up the Government Agencies Working Group, conducting research for cities, school districts and 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 Spanish and French, and has a reading knowledge of Portuguese. He is based in Los Angeles, his second favorite city in which to live after Buenos Aires.

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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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