Meg Marchand, Senior Vice President at GBAO, joined the firm in 2011. Meg has a wide-range of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research for Democratic campaigns, issue advocacy organizations, labor unions, and cultural institutions. Meg has been involved in all phases of polling and focus groups, including background research, questionnaire writing, data analysis, creating visualizations, moderating and has organized focus groups in over 20 states. She has polled on paid family and medical leave, health care, increasing the minimum wage, and she specializes in education issues.
Over the last ten years Meg has worked closely with the National Education Association and numerous state education associations to advance public education policies like increasing school funding and electing pro-public education candidates. She’s worked closely with education associations in Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California. In 2020, Meg worked extensively for NEA and over 30 state affiliates, surveying members on the presidential election and issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, Meg conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative research in West Virginia, including polls in statewide and target legislative districts, to help inform accountability campaigns in key state legislature races in the 2020 election.
Meg has extensive experience polling for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee the last five cycles to elect Democrats across the country. Meg also works closely with cultural institutions like The Museum of Modern Art and the Washington National Cathedral to develop in-depth visitor research.
Prior to joining GBAO, Meg grew her experience through various research positions and internships, including polling research with Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, public relations with Missy Farren & Associates in New York City and with the non-profit National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington, DC.
Meg graduated from James Madison University where she majored in Communications and minored in Spanish. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and son.