Civiqs is a team of pollsters, data scientists, and software engineers, building the future of online scientific survey research

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Drew Linzer, Ph.D.

Director and Chief Scientist

Drew Linzer is a survey statistician and former Professor of Political Science at Emory University. His research on polling and elections has appeared in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Political Science Review, International Journal of Forecasting, Political Analysis, Political Science Research and Methods, Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Statistical Software. Since 2012, Drew has run the election forecasting site

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Rachel Sinderbrand

Research Manager

Rachel was previously the Lead Survey Strategist at BlueLabs, where she managed all facets of the firm's survey program. During the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, Rachel worked at Catalist, providing data management support to pollsters and consultants. Rachel is passionate about empowering the next generation of women in data, and has presented at numerous data trainings, including the inaugural TechLady Hackathon + Training Day.

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Julia van Hoogstraten

Panel Manager

Julia has worked as an analyst at an emerging market-focused investment firm, and a financial researcher at a civil society organization that promotes corporate transparency in Latin America. In 2014, she worked on congressional election targeting and polling, and got hooked on political data analysis. Julia enjoys biking, reading political news, and thinking about for loops.

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Jason Libsch

Vice President of Technology and Product

Jason Libsch is a technologist with a deep love for the creative and expressive aspects of information technology. He studied computer science at Wesleyan University and pursued a Masters in Art and Technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. In the internet startup world, Jason has served as Software Architect, Technical Lead and Founder at venture backed startups, moving from there to the design world as Director of Digital Development.

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Nate Jackson

Senior Developer

Nate started his programming career in Chicago, when Obama was still a senator. The campaign in 2008 ignited his interest in politics and showed him how much could be accomplished with good technical leadership supporting informed policy and campaigning. Since that time, he has built numerous products for companies and startups. Nate has a passion for clean code, and simple system architectures. He mostly programs in Ruby and Javascript, but likes to explore functional languages in his spare time.

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Meagan Waller


Meagan Waller is a software developer with a passion for making the tech industry more empathetic and inclusive. She has given multiple talks around the country, from learning how to cope with failure and foster safe learning environments to how to build a custom Ruby web framework using Rack and hand-rolled middleware. When she's not writing code, she's probably watching an episode of Buffy, painting, or taking her miniature Australian Shepherds, Ada and Toki, to the dog park.

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Wai Lee Chin Feman


Wai Lee studied mathematics and philosophy in college, and started programming professionally after graduation. He has worked with a wide variety of platforms, and is enthusiastic about Functional Programming; he firmly believes that elegance plays a crucial role in writing correct software. He has spent most of his career building e-commerce platforms, but is always looking for ways to use software to tangibly improve people's lives.

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Andy Thornton

Frontend Developer

Andrew loves turning raw data buried in spreadsheets, text files, and databases into a compelling story through data visualization. He is a firm believer that effective data visualization can empower and enlighten. He is the co-author of a book on D3.js, his weapon of choice, and also organizes the D3.js Meetup in Austin, TX. After graduating with an engineering degree, Andrew held several data-centric positions in the manufacturing and tech industries.

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Brandon Brown

Frontend Developer

Brandon studied Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and then entered the world of digital creativity through NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is passionate about critical approaches to technology and politics, but believes that lasting transformation must be driven equally by culture. In his spare time, Brandon can be found dancing Cuban salsa, training capoeira, practicing the piano, or watching European soccer.

Bram Swenson


Bram Swenson, still seeking the answer to the age old question "What makes a man?" Finding his calm and center via paternal responsibilities, and Songs of the Whale; though sometimes he finds himself wondering if his teenage children are in fact Nihilists. Strongly preferring Aeropress Coffee to any Sarsaparilla. Never losing his briefcase, and always keeping it full of fresh Rubies, Pythons and JavaScript. Approaching DevOps as a natural, zesty enterprise since the late 90s. Consistently professing the values of abiding to best practices.

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Anne Marxer

Director, Software Projects

Born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs of the Motor City, Anne has mid-western roots with California branches. She earned a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in photography from Mills College in Oakland, CA and an M.B.A from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Anne previously held a series of positions in the tech and finance industries in New York City and the Bay Area.

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Elaine Lindelef

Systems Specialist

After graduating from the California Institute of Technology in Engineering & Applied Science, Elaine began her career working as a staff engineer on NASA's Mars Observer Camera. She helped found one of the first companies to build Web applications. Since then, she has come to love the power of databases and information technology as tools to help people communicate, problem-solve, and share information. She believes that technology is made to serve people, not vice-versa.