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.
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.