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The great people that make Polco go

Meet Our Team

Economists, software engineers, and former public servants from across the political spectrum.

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Alex Pedersen

CTO / CFO
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Angelica Weddell

Director of Marketing and Communications
Ann Michelle

Ann Michelle Hill

Office Manager
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Chelsea Farson

Research Analyst
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Cory Poris Plasch

Vice President, Customer Success
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Damema Mann

Director of National Engagement
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Erin Caldwell

Senior Vice President of Data Science
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Heather Locke

Research Analyst
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Ian Graves

Software Engineer
Jade

Jade Arocha

Senior Research Analyst
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Jay Goggin

Product Director
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Jinwoo Oh

Software Engineer
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Kaitlin Marquardt

Software Engineer
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Laurie Urban

Director of Operations
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Matt Fulton

Vice President, National Engagement
Michelle

Michelle Kobayashi

Senior Vice President of Innovation
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Mike Jadin

Director of Legislative Outreach
Morgan

Morgan Adams

Senior Research Analyst
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Nick Jeffress

Head of Growth
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Nick Mastronardi, PhD

CEO

Nick is an academic, public servant, and technologist. Nick served 10 years on Active Duty in the Air Force: on faculty at the Air Force Academy, as a Research Physicist and Technology Program Manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory, in the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and in the White House on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. After active duty, Nick led data science projects for Amazon as a Senior Economist before returning to the public sector mission and founding Polco. Nick holds undergraduate degrees in Math & Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Economics from the University of Texas Austin.

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Parker Quinn

Data Scientist
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Pat Cannon

Director of Community Outreach
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Philip Reasa

Software Engineer
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Rebecca Hofkes

Research Analyst
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Robert Kane

Executive Manager
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Sonya Wytinck

COO
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Will Pleasant-Ryan

Director of Engineering
Michael-Thiel

Mike Thiel

Board Member
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Tom Miller, PhD

Board Member

 

Our Mission

To help organizational leaders and constituents seek and provide quality input on important items.

 

 

Our Values

Transparency

We share our decisions and progress. Vulnerability builds trust and great work doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We can’t serve the public without the accountability that transparency provides.
 

Privacy

We firmly believe that transparency is achievable without compromising individual privacy. We are committed to never sharing anyone’s personal data without their consent. Respondents are anonymous by default. We have an accessible privacy policy you can read here.
 

Inclusivity and diversity

Our team comes from every walk of life and all corners of the political spectrum. We are enriched by welcoming different viewpoints. We believe this diversity of perspective and thought is critical to improving outcomes in government.
 

Empowerment (Nothing About Us Without Us)

We seek to uplift communities and each other. Everyone deserves to have a seat at the table, especially when they are affected by the decisions being made. We built Polco to balance the vocal few and help decision makers reach a representative section of their community.
 

Curiosity

Curiosity is more than wanting to know what you don’t know. It’s also wanting to know if what you think you know is right. We recognize that we don’t have all the answers or perspectives. We question our assumptions, acknowledge our bias, and care enough about finding the right answers that we are willing to stress test our own.
 

A Civil, Reason-Based Culture

Polco was designed to be a civil and constructive crowdsourcing platform to help people learn about and inform decisions that could affect their lives. Rather than relying input from only the passionate and vocal few, we hope Polco can create a decentralized, democratic, process the relies on reason and data to impart positive change.