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
10 years leading tech insights | Previously Head of Brand and Reputation Insights @ Google | Speechwriter, brand strategist, aspiring sneakerhead
Shepherd Pittman
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 & Innovation
10 years connecting insights with expertise to drive strategic change | MBA Georgetown University | Former Management Consultant & National Geographic Producer | Bad but enthusiastic dancer | Keeps a go-bag ready for the road
Andrew Grimes
Vice President, Narrative & Strategy
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 Olson
Vice President, Qualitative Fieldwork & Partnership Development
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 Director, Narrative & Strategy
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
Director, Content & Analytics
Multi-Disciplined Research and Creative Strategist | University of Michigan | Driven by Design | Powered by Coffee
Savannah Gross
Director, Narrative & Design
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
Associate Director, B2B Partnerships
Brand strategy and narrative | CPG, VIS ID, B2C, B2B, BRB | Master’s in Mythological Studies (with an emphasis in Depth Psychology) | Franco-American | Cinephile and bookworm | Lover of biscuits
Chelsea Brown
Associate Director, Narrative & Strategy
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
Associate Director, Quantitative Research
15 years in public relations and crisis communications | Published author | Master’s degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University | Shenanigans virtuoso
Che Parker
Associate Director
Experience in research and portfolio management | Interest in the application of technology for social change | Georgetown M.S. in Foreign Service | Scotch lover | NBA junkie
Il-Young Shin
Associate Director, Quantitative Research
Writing, editing, strategy, and relatability | Background in advertising, speechwriting, and branding | Oberlin College | Cat Mom | Amateur board game developer
CJ Wildeman
Associate Director
Strategic problem-solving + creative writing | BA in Political Science & Communications, Northeastern University | Avid reader | Conscious culture consumer | Trivia buff | Plant mom
Katherine Laubscher
Narrative & Strategy Advisor
Narrative-driven writing & detail-oriented editing | Degree in Communications, Journalism, and Spanish from Simmons University | Library groupie | Lover of interior design and architecture | Chai latte devotee
Sofia Rivera
Narrative & Strategy Advisor
Tech and policy strategy | Degree in Global Studies and Spanish from the University of Virginia | Ex rugby player | Aspiring polyglot
Emma Woods
Qualitative Outreach & Partnership 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
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