About

Vision

Our mission is simple, but ambitious: we are improving conversations between and among the highest levels of public policy.

History & Culture

For centuries, successful navigators have weighed down their vessels with ballast to steady against unpredictable and shifting external forces. Incubated at National Journal, a division of Atlantic Media, Ballast Research now serves to help steady and guide effective Federal and state advocacy for our network of Fortune 100 companies, as well as trade and member associations. 

Our work is driven by our desire to create more productive, mutually beneficial, and efficient conversations in the advocacy space. By offering objective metrics based on exclusive input from senior policymakers, Ballast Research helps advocates (1) make better use of policymakers’ time and attention and (2) provide the resources and materials most useful to those in government. 

President

Michael D. Gottlieb
President of Ballast Research

Michael D. Gottlieb

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Partners

Jason Clark
Partner & VP of Strategy

Jason Clark

Sean Harper
Partner & VP of Client Service

Sean Harper

Michael Griffin
Head of Research

Michael Griffin

Michael Reddy
Head of Outreach

Michael Reddy

Directors

Chelsea Cantrell
Director, Client Partnerships

Chelsea Cantrell

The Team

Cameron Bronson
Research Strategist

Cameron Bronson

Ronald Chan
Research Strategist

Ronald Chan

Rebecca Cunningham
Consulting Analyst

Rebecca Cunningham

Rhys Dodd
Business Development Executive

Rhys Dodd

Jacob Fahringer
Quantitative Research Associate

Jacob Fahringer

Christopher Farrow
Senior Consulting Analyst

Christopher Farrow

Kameron Fisher
Research Strategist

Kameron Fisher

Maria Halloran
Senior Strategy Analyst

Maria Halloran

Mia Herrington
Research Strategist

Mia Herrington

Jessica Kirchner
Senior External Affairs Associate

Jessica Kirchner

Arveyonka Logan
Senior Consulting Analyst

Arveyonka Logan

Gabrielle Marzke
Manager of State Research

Gabrielle Marzke

Matthew McCarthy
Manager of Qualitative Research

Matthew McCarthy

Meghan Sullivan
Senior Consulting Analyst

Meghan Sullivan

Mackai Tapleshay
Manager of Quantitative Research

Mackai Tapleshay

Brooks Troiani
Business Development Executive

Brooks Troiani

Allison Turnipseed
Research and Content Strategist

Allison Turnipseed

Kares Vanderpuye
Consulting Analyst

Kares Vanderpuye

Charlie Van Doren
Senior Consulting Analyst

Charlie Van Doren

We seek two pillar attributes in candidates who seek to join our work:

Force of Ideas

At the center of our work lies the power of ideas. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence.  Our highest work is in bringing rigor, insight, and intellectual honesty to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good.  And in giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.

Spirit of Generosity

We seek in our ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague towards service and selfless conduct. Our work should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and mission before accolade.

We aim to build and nourish a “destination workplace” that attracts and fosters talent equal to our work. We are a meritocracy and offer an environment in which talent and hard work can flourish without limit.

Careers at Ballast Research

Associate Director of Consulting

Research Manager

Senior Consulting Analyst

Consulting Analyst

Qualitative Research Associate

Administrative Assistant

Address

Ballast Research
600 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20037