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Sean McElwee

Director of Polling

Sean McElwee is co-founder and Executive Director of Data for Progress. He oversees Data for Progress operations, communications, polling, development and strategy. Sean has guided Data for Progress into a trusted public opinion research organization that has worked with Congressmembers, Senators, Presidential candidates and movement organizations on public opinion and policy design.

He has spent nearly a decade bringing cutting edge data analysis and polling to progressive advocacy and his work has been cited by politicians at the national, state and local level. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vox and The Washington Post and is frequently quoted in those publications on progressive policy and strategy. He has published academic research in The Forum and Perspectives on Politics and policy research with The Century Foundation, Demos and Scholar Strategy Network.

Prior to co-founding Data for Progress, Sean was a policy analyst at Demos, where he led the development of new research methods to study racial equity and democracy reforms.

Sean is also the Director of Polling at Take Back The Courts and sits on the Board of Secure Elections for America Now. He has been featured on the Politico 50 and City & State’s Manhattan Watch List. He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

In his role as Executive Director, Sean oversees Polling for Progress, AVR NOW, Policies for Progress and Primaries for Progress.