Nathan Lee is a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University.  His research focuses on how citizens and policymakers form their factual beliefs about public policy and, in particular, their views about the appropriate role of professionalized expertise in different policy domains. You can find more information about his academic research on his Stanford profile. Prior to his academic career, Nathan worked as a policy analyst at the White House National Economic Council and the Department of Energy.

Nathan Lee, Managing Director
Bernie Lee, Director of Operations

Bernie Lee strives to enable responsible political decision making, localize politics, advance medical research, and enjoy life with his wife and two young children. He brings a wide breadth of scientific and business experience including two years coordinating human subject research, two years performing data QC and analytics methods in clinical toxicology, and three years providing project, personnel, and change management expertise, maintaining business relations with many national and international partners, and generating sales and marketing value for a biomedical data management technology company. Bernie holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS in Physiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In his spare time, you are likely to find him on an ultimate frisbee field, ascending a cliff, or surprising someone with one of his freshly baked pies.

Will Marble, Director of Research

Will Marble is a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University. His research interests include political economy, the politics of local housing development, and statistical methods for social science. You can find more on his research on his website. He holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Hotard, Director of Analytics

Michael Hotard has worked in the non-profit and government sectors for the past ten years. His key interest is in how the social sector can use data to improve its policies and programs. He received a Masters in Applied Economics from the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University and then served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. Afterwards, he worked for four years overseeing grants and workforce development projects at the US Department of Labor. He currently works as a Program Manager at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford, managing their portfolio of projects related to unauthorized immigration and public health.

Doug Rivers, Strategic Adviser

Doug Rivers is one of the world’s leading experts on survey research and a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur.  He has taught at Harvard University, Caltech, UCLA, and, most recently, Stanford University, where he is Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Doug has founded two successful technology companies, Preview Systems and Knowledge Networks.  Preview Systems pioneered the field of digital rights management, conducted a successful IPO in 1999 and was sold in 2001. As CEO of the company he was named Executive of the Year (2000) by Research Business Report and received the Innovator's Award by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (2001).

He is also a CBS News consultant and has published academic papers in numerous journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science and the American Economics Review, to name a few.  He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University

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