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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Directors

Sean Harper
Director of Partnerships

Sean Harper

The Team

AJ Brown
Senior Advisor of Partnerships

AJ Brown

Andy Dennis
Outreach Manager

Andy Dennis

Christian Garcia
Senior Research Analyst

Christian Garcia

Kerry Gibbons
Research Analyst

Kerry Gibbons

Elise Gurney
Associate Director of Research

Elise Gurney

Abigail Kleva
Senior Research Analyst

Abigail Kleva

Amit Kumar
Senior Research Analyst

Amit Kumar

Alec Latimer
Senior Advisor of Research

Alec Latimer

Victoria Nolte
Research Analyst

Victoria Nolte

R. Daniel Okonkwo
Senior Advisor of Partnerships

R. Daniel Okonkwo

Olivia Till
Research Analyst

Olivia Till

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

Senior Advisor of Client Development

The Senior Advisor of Client Development will serve 15-20 “brand name” clients towards our full service capacity and identify opportunities to serve new markets with existing services, as well as serving existing markets with new services. He or she will lead the analysis, development, and communication of research-based consulting engagements meant to inform investments and strategy of major organizations.

Associate Consultant

Each Associate Consultant will serve 5-7 “brand name” clients with insights and analysis, custom follow-up and implementation guidance and identify opportunities to develop expertise and support principal consultants in development new markets and services. He or she will onboard, interview, and understand the unique needs for clients “owned” by an individual associate consultant and design and develop interview agendas and guides for each client.