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

AJ Brown
Director of Partnerships

AJ Brown

Jason Clark
Senior Director of Product and Strategy

Jason Clark

Elise Gurney
Director of Research

Elise Gurney

Sean Harper
Senior Director of Revenue and Service

Sean Harper

R. Daniel Okonkwo
Director of Partnerships

R. Daniel Okonkwo

The Team

Dillon Cox
Business Development Executive

Dillon Cox

Andy Dennis
Outreach Manager

Andy Dennis

Ben DeVore
Associate Consultant

Ben DeVore

Rhys Dodd
Business Development Executive

Rhys Dodd

Christopher Farrow
Associate Consultant

Christopher Farrow

Christian Garcia
Senior Research Analyst

Christian Garcia

Kerry Gibbons
Qualitative Research Analyst

Kerry Gibbons

Maria Halloran
Strategy Fellow

Maria Halloran

Ava Hartmann
Research Fellow

Ava Hartmann

Rich Hill
Associate Consultant

Rich Hill

Nate Jacobs
Senior Research Analyst

Nate Jacobs

Julia Kichorowsky
Consulting Fellow

Julia Kichorowsky

Abigail Kleva
Senior Research Analyst

Abigail Kleva

Victoria Nolte
Senior Research Analyst

Victoria Nolte

David Stauffer
Quantitative Research Analyst

David Stauffer

Meghan Sullivan
Associate Consultant

Meghan Sullivan

Taryn Thiele-Sardina
Operations Associate

Taryn Thiele-Sardina

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

Director of Customer Success

The Director of Customer Success 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.

Business Development Executive

The Business Development Executive will qualify prospects within our target market, interact with potential clients (senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and leading associations) develop strong relationships, and identify the needs and challenges facing potential clients. He/she will be responsible for working closely with the research and product development teams to construct creative solutions that will address the needs of these senior government affairs and communications executives.

Address

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