Get to know our intrepid team of writers, researchers and strategists.

Insights, communication and strategy | 10 years specializing in tech, sports, and CPG | Degree in Politics from Princeton University | Novice golfer | Expert eater
Alyssa Salvo
10 years in brand strategy + insights | Previously at Google, Hilton, and Cox Enterprises | Weekend outdoor enthusiast, avid downhill skier, houseplant hoarder
Josh Burris
Founding Partner
15 years in market-spanning insights, strategy, and messaging. | Former speechwriter. Politicians. CEO’s. Philanthropists. Foreign Dignitaries. Washington to Wall Street. | Sports enthusiast. Dog lover. New England wayfarer.
Ben Clarke
Founding Partner
10 years leading tech insights | Previously Head of Brand and Reputation Insights @ Google | Speechwriter, brand strategist, aspiring sneakerhead
Shepherd Pittman
Founding Partner
Tech, Education, Hospitality & More | Follows the research wherever it leads | Enjoys a good book, but loves a bad pun
Kelly Royal
Founding Partner
7 years managing qualitative data collection and visual media creation | M.F.A. Film/Media, American University; B.A. Communications, Virginia Tech | Delights in adding new passport stamps | Compulsive quoter of movies
Suzanne Conte
Vice President, Digital Media
Recruiting & Field Management in 20+ countries on 6 continents | 12 years in B2C, B2B, and everything in between | Community-involved mom | Always has a Plan B - and C and D | Runs on chaos and caffeine
Jessica Wittland
Vice President, Qualitative Fieldwork
Data driven insights and strategy | 20 years in B2B, B2C, and employee research and marketing | BSBA International Marketing, American University; MBA, University of Maryland | Amateur chef | Owned by a dog
Beth Youra
Vice President, Quantitative Research
Communications aficionado to the stars | Combines synthesis and strategy | Accomplished globetrotter | Work from home savant | Is currently scrambling to meet a deadline | Will edit for food
Tim Gerson
Senior Project Director
Multi-Disciplined Research and Creative Strategist | University of Michigan | Driven by Design | Powered by Coffee
Savannah Gross
Associate Project Director
Actionable strategy | Insightful analysis | Political Science degree from the University of Michigan | International policy aficionado | Wants to hug a grizzly bear | Will probably be mauled by a grizzly bear
Michael French
Senior Research Associate
Copy, code, and storytelling | Enjoys gamified loyalty programs, smooth UX, hard news | Notre Dame, Cronkite School | Requires indirect sunlight
Matthew Standerfer
Digital Editor
Composing, refining, and continuously adapting| Background in Healthcare, Financial Services, Speechwriting, and Tobacco| Loafer Enthusiast | Hot Sauce Advocate
Alex Ives
Communications Advisor
Writing, editing, strategy, and relatability | Background in advertising, speechwriting, and branding | Oberlin College | Cat Mom | Amateur board game developer
CJ Penso
Communications Advisor
Tech and policy strategy | Degree in Global Studies and Spanish from the University of Virginia | Ex rugby player | Aspiring polyglot
Emma Woods
Communications Advisor
Qualitative Fieldwork & Outreach | Targeted Recruiting Innovator [Give her a haystack and she'll find the needle] | Proud Rutgers Grad & Jersey Girl | Penne alla Vodka Pro
Liz Brinkerhoff
Communications Advisor
Survey design, sample management, data-based insights | Tech, education, energy / environmental policy | Honors Degree in Political Science and Mandarin Chinese from Grinnell College | Casual darkroom photographer | Adventurous traveler
Megan Caulfield
Quantitative Communications Advisor
Problem-solver, multi-tasker and strategic thinker | Mount Holyoke College, B.A. in I.R. | Green-Thumb In-Training | Aspiring Mukbanger
Yunna Leshchinskiy
Executive Assistant
26 years in human resources and accounting | Degree from Virginia Tech | Mother of 4 | Proud Hokie | Would be an ugly crier if her dog ever went missing
Nancy Tavenner
27 years of Receivables Management, Accounting, and overall Customer Service| BBA in Marketing and Business Communications from Kennesaw State University | Horse Show Mom | Semper ubi sub ubi
Laurie Kessler
Assistant Controller
Detail-oriented, strong analytical & problem-solving skills | 19 years in Accounting | Dual-degree in Accounting & Graphic Design from the University of Florida & SFCC | Sports fan | Glass half full
Lisbeth Kroner
Senior Accountant