Senior Analysts

 

Jonathan Voss 
Vice President

Jonathan Voss joined Lake Research Partners in 2011 and has a wide-range of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research. A trained focus group moderator, he currently works on a variety of issues for LRP including protecting the environment for future generations, ensuring every child has quality public education no matter the zip code they live in, restoring the balance in our economy so that hard working families can sustain a family, and ensuring that people can retire in dignity.

Jonathan’s clients include Ascend at the Aspen Institute, AFT, Center for American Progress, Center for Community Change, Choose Clean Water Coalition, Community Service Society of New York, Demos, ecoAmerica, Food Policy Action, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, NEA, NextGen Climate Action, New America Foundation, The Opportunity Agenda, Potomac Conservancy, Sierra Club, UnidosUS, and The Wilderness Society.

Originally from Orange County, New York, he has a Master’s degree in public administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and also has a Bachelor’s degree in politics from NYU.  

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Cate Gormley 
Vice President

Cate Gormley joined the firm in 2006. Cate works with foundations, non-profits, and issue advocacy organizations and has a wide range of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Cate’s research portfolio includes a variety of progressive issues: reproductive health and justice, women’s leadership, workplace policies, national security, gender-based violence, children’s health, transportation and more. Cate brings a dedication to women's issues to her work every day. She worked to defeat anti-choice ballot measures in North Dakota (Measure 1 in 2014 and the Religious Liberty Restoration Amendment in June 2012), Colorado (Amendment 67 in 2014), Florida (Amendment 6 in 2012), New Mexico (Albuquerque 20-week ban in 2013), and California (Proposition 4 in 2008). In recognition of this and other work, Cate was named to the American Association of Political Consultants’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Cate is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English. She is the proud mother of two spirited children. 

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Dan Spicer
Senior Analyst

Dan Spicer joined Lake Research Partners in 2005, when Decision Research merged with Lake Snell Perry Mermin & Associates. Since 2001, Dan has served as an analyst on numerous projects across a broad range of issues, including education, health care, transportation and infrastructure, land use, environmental protection, affirmative action, civil rights, public safety, and campaign finance reform. His work has included polling and other research on behalf of Mark Begich for U.S. Senate, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, and the Congressional campaigns of Jerry McNerney, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Kurt Schrader, among others.

Prior to joining Decision Research, Dan taught political science courses at the University of Minnesota and has published research on the politics of abortion. Dan is a Minneapolis native, received his undergraduate degree in political science, sociology, and philosophy from Macalester College and his MA in political science from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives and works in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife Stephanie, daughter Riley, and lab-mix Callie.

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Meryl O'Bryan 
Senior Analyst

Meryl O’Bryan is a Senior Analyst at Lake Research Partners. In her role at LRP, Meryl works with Democratic campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as progressive organizations and non-profits. Prior to joining the firm, Meryl worked as an analyst at the Analyst Institute. Meryl received her M.A. in cognitive psychology from Claremont Graduate University where she went on to become a Ph.D. candidate. Her research background has focused on psycholinguistics, how people make decisions across lifespan, and how to effectively reach targets and present information in impactful ways. She is passionate about using her scientific background from academia in applied settings in order to provide proven results. Her work has included conducting studies and analyzing data involving hundreds of thousands of voters for campaigns and non-profits across the nation, including several studies regarding legislative races.

 

 

 

Gary Rittersteinn 
Senior Analyst

Gary Ritterstein joins LRP having worked closely with dozens of pollsters and other consultants in developing strategic campaigns for candidates, labor and other issue groups at every level across the country. In addition to his decade of experience in media and communications, he has led a number of successful primary and general election campaigns, managed the direct mail efforts for congressional and local campaigns and handled the paid media planning for the Governor and Senate party committees as well as Senator Maggie Hassan’s upset victory in New Hampshire in 2016. He got his start on Capitol Hill in Senator Schumer’s Office, working his way through American University’s law school until he joined Hillary Clinton’s first Presidential primary campaign. Over the course of his career, he has developed a specialty in media planning, message training and rapid response, which provides tremendous value in designing and implementing the firm’s opinion research in a way that wins.