Kristen Soltis Anderson

Political Pollster, Author, TV News Analyst & Columnist for The Washington Examiner

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As the co-founder of Echelon Insights, Kristen Soltis Anderson is disrupting the polling industry, a particularly daunting task in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election. A savvy and discerning big data insider, Anderson examines hot-topic trends and how they influence the way youth, women, and minorities approach modern decision making, from their purchases to their politics. Blending observations from focus groups, personal stories, and polling results, the pollster offers key insights into the changing nature of American politics and business. She introduces audiences to tech-savvy political consultants and shows you how these hip young pollsters and consultants are using data mining and social media to transform electoral politics and business practices. Anyone interested in the future of politics or business should know where cultural trends are heading—and how your organization can capitalize on them.

Anderson, a millennial, also possesses unique insight into the ever-evolving worldview of this much-discussed generation. At the podium, as well as in her book The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America, Kristen Soltis Anderson digs into the data about where her generation stands and what they value, sorting fact from fiction.

Anderson gives audiences much-needed insight into the world of big data and analytics. Her company, Echelon Insights, operates on 3 guiding principles: Granularity, by applying polling insights to individual voters and micro-segments; Understanding, by utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research to provide clients with strategic insight; and Timeliness, by understanding evolving trends and a changing landscape. This 3 pronged approach to polling enables Anderson to provide audiences with more accurate polling data, cutting edge analytics and targeting, and competitive intelligence, both in the political arena and in the world of business.

Kristen was an outstanding panelist. She elevated the dialogue with insight, substance, and context. The reviews I’ve received from guests have been glowing. People had fun and came away feeling positive. It’s not often we find that opportunity in politics today. She mad the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life look good. I really can’t thank her enough.

- University of Texas, Austin

About Kristen Soltis Anderson

Kristen Soltis Anderson is a pollster, speaker, commentator, and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up).

Kristen is the co-founder of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and analytics firm that serves brands, trade associations, nonprofits, and political clients. Through her work at Echelon, she regularly advises corporate and government leaders on polling and messaging strategy and has become one of the foremost experts on the Millennial generation. Kristen is also a frequent speaker to corporate and political audiences about emerging public opinion trends.

Kristen is a regular presence on television news and has served as an ABC News political analyst, participating in their election night coverage in 2016. She regularly appears on programs such as MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher.

Kristen is the host of SiriusXM’s “The Trendline with Kristen Soltis Anderson,” airing weekly on their POTUS politics channel. She also co-hosts the bipartisan weekly podcast, “The Pollsters,” featuring Democratic pollster Margie Omero. She is a regular columnist for The Washington Examiner and has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times and more.

In 2016, Kristen was named one of ELLE’s “Most Compelling Women in Washington,” and in 2013 she was named one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World.” She has been featured in Marie Claire’s “New Guard,” Cosmopolitan, and Glamour.

Kristen served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics in 2014 and has been an invited speaker at many colleges and universities. She received her Master’s Degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University (with “Best Thesis in the Area of Democratic Processes” honors) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Kristen is currently a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the advisory boards of a variety of companies as well as a number of nonprofit organizations including ClearPath, Service Year Alliance, the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, and Winning for Women.

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Kristen now resides in Washington, DC with her husband Chris and her golden retriever Wally. In her free time, she enjoys growing chili peppers and cheering for the Florida Gators.

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  • What's Trending: How Polling & Competitive Intelligence Can Make Your Business Smarter
  • Millennials: Myths and Truths Behind America's Most Talked About Generation
  • The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)

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