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 a network of Fortune 100 government and external affairs executives, as well as the top 25+ federal and state trade and member associations.

Our work is driven by our clients’ needs at every moment. For years, data and research have guided investment in every aspect of business except government affairs.  Ballast Research now guides effective federal and state advocacy by offering objective metrics based on exclusive input from senior policymakers.

President

Michael D. Gottlieb
President of Ballast Research

Michael D. Gottlieb

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Partners

Jason Clark
Partner & VP of Strategy

Jason Clark

Elise Gurney
Partner & VP of Research

Elise Gurney

Sean Harper
Partner & VP of Client Service

Sean Harper

Directors

Christian Garcia
Associate Director

Christian Garcia

Victoria Nolte
Associate Director

Victoria Nolte

R. Daniel Okonkwo
Director of Partnerships

R. Daniel Okonkwo

The Team

Andy Dennis
Manager of Outreach

Andy Dennis

Ben DeVore
Associate Consultant

Ben DeVore

Rhys Dodd
Business Development Executive

Rhys Dodd

Christopher Farrow
Senior Analyst

Christopher Farrow

Kerry Gibbons
Manager of Qualitative Research

Kerry Gibbons

Maria Halloran
Strategy Analyst

Maria Halloran

Rich Hill
Associate Consultant

Rich Hill

Jessica Kirchner
Outreach Assistant

Jessica Kirchner

Gabrielle Marzke
Manager of State Research

Gabrielle Marzke

Meghan Sullivan
Associate Consultant

Meghan Sullivan

Olivia Till
Associate Consultant

Olivia Till

Allison Turnipseed
Research Fellow

Allison Turnipseed

Charlie Van Doren
Client Service Fellow

Charlie Van Doren

Katherine Westmoreland
Manager of Quantitative Research

Katherine Westmoreland

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

Head of Research

Manager of Qualitative Research

Associate Director of Engagement and Outreach

Capitol Hill Engagement Manager

Survey Research Manager

Business Development Associate

Address

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