Who We Are
Monica started her research career as a research assistant for the Survey Research and Methodology Program / Gallup Research Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she earned her Master’s degree. Since then, she has worked in the private sector for CX Solutions and Experian, for the government at the Census Bureau, and, most recently, as a Research Director at the Global Business Travel Association.
From being the research assistant that had to listen to endless interviews on tape (yes tape!) to questionnaire writing, conducting predictive analytics that introduced her to the magical world of big data to distilling insights and brainstorming with clients, each role has taught her something new. While Monica has enjoyed each phase, it’s this last one where she thrives. Seeing the big picture through listening and brainstorming is really where, she believes, all research starts and exploring those ideas is what keeps her going.
When she is not planning the next project to tackle, she enjoys reading all types of books and watching sci-fi movies, especially all things superhero, a result of her two boys and husband being big fans! Monica likes to hike and go camping with her family, hates to cook, but loves good food, and strives to be a consistent-attendee of her kickboxing class.
After moving from Sarasota, Florida, to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in both English Language and Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, Kate moved to Washington D.C. At the Eleison Group and Media Matters Action Network, Kate worked as a political research and communications consultant until landing at the progressive boutique polling firm, Belden Russonello Strategists where she served as an analyst and qualitative field manager.
Over the years, Kate has conducted qualitative and quantitative research for a number of amazing causes. Her favorite work, to date, has been around reproductive rights and justice issues, housing discrimination, and religious communities and their political perspectives. Kate has had the pleasure of working with a variety of different groups, including non-profit organizations, like Natural Resource Defense Council, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Advocates for Youth, member-based organizations, like the ACLU, Urban Land Institute, and Global Business Travel Association, and for-profit companies, like American Express, Enterprise Holdings, and AIG. In 2016, Kate earned her Master’s in Survey Methodology from the University of Connecticut.
When she’s not running her research empire (kidding!), Kate enjoys watching football with her friends (go Vikings!), paddle boarding with her dog (Milo), and planning her next trip (Chile). Her love of walking through markets and trying new foods can only be matched by her love for Pat Conroy novels and a good Cabernet Franc.