The Lake Team

No Really, We’re Different

Lake Research Partners is a national public opinion and political strategy research firm founded by Celinda Lake in 1995. The firm quickly expanded to become Lake Snell Perry Mermin and Associates, and in 2005 continued to grow through a merger with Decision Research. Our principals are leading information and political campaign strategists, serving as tacticians and senior advisors to a wide range of advocacy groups, labor unions, non-profits, government agencies, companies and foundations, as well as dozens of elected officials at all levels of the electoral process. The firm is national in scope, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, and California, and senior staff located in Washington, Oregon, and Virginia.

Lake Research Partners is committed to walking it like we talk it.

We’re a woman-owned business with a commitment to diversity. We have a strong client screen built upon our core values, working only for pro-choice candidates, clients with whom our labor friends can work, and good corporate citizens. Check our competitors’ client lists – you’ll find many cannot say the same.

We maintain a stable, professional staff of expert researchers and strategists. We don’t ramp up with temporary employees during election cycles just to fill demand. Instead, we cultivate and train the current and future stars of the polling world and enable them to develop unparalleled expertise on specific issues and geographic regions.

We offer all employees of Lake Research Partners a generous benefits package we wish every American worker enjoyed. We are one of the few firms left that pay 100% of health care insurance costs for comprehensive coverage. We also pay 100% for dependent and domestic partner coverage. We provide paid maternity and paternity leave. Our firm makes contributions to retirement plans, and we offer a generous leave package consistent with a healthy work and life balance.

Most of all, we’re a firm of true believers – each one of us feels privileged to work with our clients to advance progressive ideals – it’s the primary ‘intangible’ benefit of Lake Research Partners. Many peers told Founder Celinda Lake in 1995 that building a firm with a progressive values client base wasn’t economically viable for a new business. Seventeen years later, we’re still at it, and still proud of every project we’ve done.