We’re on a mission to power the world’s opinions and bring them to the decision makers who care.
In 2007, CivicScience emerged from the vision of founder and CEO John Dick that market research and opinion-gathering needed a new solution. Consumer and public-oriented businesses that had long relied on traditional polling and survey techniques found those methods were growing tired and less effective in reaching a representative audience. The emergence of social media sharing brought convenience and immediacy of the public’s voice to the table, but also inherent biases and untrustworthy information.
Our ambitious goal was to develop a revolutionary new way to connect the real-time opinions of consumers to the decision makers who need that information every day – but to do so with depth, breadth, and reliability.
With that vision, a small financial grant, and incubator space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we built our first polling website in early 2008 and, through extensive experimentation, database engineering, and software development, created what is now the fastest, most sophisticated, and most democratic polling solution ever invented. Today, we provide software and services to the world’s leading brands media companies, and investors, while giving a trusted and powerful voice to all people.
Will Oberman, Chief Technology Officer
Will is a veteran engineer and software architect with experience in several start-up ventures including Vivisimo and BodyMedia in Pittsburgh. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, Will has managed complex technology teams and product roll-outs. His work on high-volume customer data collection and analysis, combined with his expertise in consumer-facing web applications, uniquely position him to lead the technological architecture and build-out of CivicScience.
Steve Protulipac, Chief Software Officer
Steve set the development strategy and leads the team of CivicScience engineers responsible for the company’s software assets. Steve has a Computer Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University and more than 12 years of experience as a software engineer.
Ross McGowan, VP of Data Science
Ross is responsible for the practical applications of CivicScience data. Within the company, he helps drive product development and ensures scientific discipline behind the use of our data. He also works with clients and publishers on analytical projects, helping them to find the most important insights they are (and are not) looking for. Ross holds an Economics degree from Cornell University and a Master’s in Statistical Practice degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mike O’Toole, VP Delivery and Platform
Mike O’Toole leads delivery across the spectrum of client and publisher partner engagements. His job is to make sure that both clients and publisher partners get the best out of CivicScience’s data, platform, capabilities and expertise. He has a proven track record of success in analytics and product management at Del Monte, Nielsen and Smith Brothers Agency. Mike has a BS in Business Logistics from Penn State, as well as an MBA, with a focus on marketing and finance, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Emerson Goncus, Senior Research Analyst
Emerson works with clients to ensure they get the most out of CivicScience’s platform. After graduating from college in 2008, Emerson was an officer in the Air Force where he held an eclectic mix of engineering, managing and teaching jobs. In 2013, he was hired as a research and development engineer in the mining industry for two years before joining CivicScience in March of 2015. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.
Meaza Solomon, Research Analyst
Meaza partners with clients to help them utilize CivicScience’s platform to make data-driven decisions. She has a successful track record delivering rigorous analysis and creative recommendations to clients. Previously, she worked in research and project management for international development, urban redevelopment, and disruptive technology organizations. Prior to that, she worked as a sales manager for Hilton Hotels throughout California. Meaza earned her BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and her Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Gene Frederick, System Development Engineer
Gene brings to CivicScience a wide range of skills and experience in systems development and operations. He works on the team responsible for maintaining the back-end systems at CivicScience which provide quality service to customers as well as internal staff. Gene holds a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University.
Christopher Magnollay, Software Engineer
Chris is responsible for development work in both the front and back end of the CivicScience next-generation polling platform. He brings to his role experience in web development for several other start-up companies in the Pittsburgh area. Chris holds a B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Cosmology and Astrophysics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jacob Konstantinos, Software Engineer
Jacob graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Computer Science in December 2013. He works on a team that fearlessly develops CivicScience’s software through rain, sleet, or snow.
Rebecca Serr, Director of UX Design
Rebecca works to make CivicScience’s digital offerings fun, rewarding, and easy to use. During her five years in design consulting, she helped clients like Honeywell, Highmark, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust understand their users’ needs and translated research insights into design solutions. Rebecca has a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and studied human-centered design at the Institute of Design in Chicago.
John Dick, CEO and Founder
John is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in new business formation, business development, marketing and communications. He is a frequent speaker at the Carnegie Mellon University Don Jones Center of Entrepreneurship, an accomplished writer with regular contributions to AdAge, the HuffingtonPost and Forbes and has appeared on Good Morning America, the AXS TV Grammy Prediction Special and as a speaker at numerous market research and business conferences.
Pedro Barelli, Chief Operating Officer
Pedro brings more than 20 years of executive and consulting experience to his role as CivicScience’s COO, where he leads company operations, financials, product roadmap planning, and human resources administration. Prior to CivicScience, he spent 16 years at Pittsburgh-based IT consulting and software development company Summa Technologies, where as one of its founding members, his role grew from a principal and technology consultant for client projects, to director of its Latin America operations, and then to Chief Delivery Officer and COO. He began his career in his home country of Brazil, as a software engineer and project consultant for several companies before joining Summa. He holds a B.C. in Electronic Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Politechnic School at the Universidad de São Paulo, and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
DJ Cavanaugh, Sr. VP of Business Development
DJ joins us as Sr. VP of Business Development, where he is responsible for helping the company grow sales to publishers and marketers looking to gain deeper consumer insights to help grow their business. Prior to joining CivicScience, DJ spent 15 years as President & CEO of Matrix Solutions, the leading media-specific CRM, data and reporting platform for media outlets and network sales organizations. DJ also has extensive experience working directly in advertising sales, with experience in both Television and Radio sales management. DJ is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
Amie Bolewitz, Director of Marketing
Amie joins us as the Director of Marketing where she is responsible for a wide range of initiatives, including marketing and PR strategy, developing multi-channel campaigns, lead generation, and market analysis. Amie has spent over 10 years in domestic and international marketing program development and execution. She is experienced in multi-channel campaign execution, public relations, sales process development, lead generation, and management of multi-divisional marketing teams and budgets. Prior to joining CivicScience, Amie served as the Director of Marketing for Black Box Networking Service and Director of Marketing for ABM Industries, Inc.
Annette Brady, VP of Publisher Development
Annette joins the team as vice president of publisher development and is responsible for increasing CivicScience’s publisher partnership network for our polling widget. She brings rich experience in both media sales and media publisher partnerships. Most recently, she was a television and digital Account Executive at Cox Media Group / WPXI, WPXI.com, and Local Solutions, and served as a Senior Account Executive for Hearst radio and TV. On the media publisher partnership side, she was responsible for building and managing a national media network, leveraging a content site to generate revenue for the media partners.
Chris Brookins, Business Development Manager
Chris joins us as Business Development Manager, responsible for growing sales via new business relationships on both the client and publisher side. Prior to CivicScience, Chris was worked in a variety of roles and capacities within the startup world for companies in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Pittsburgh. Chris holds his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Steve Webb, Business Intelligence
Steve is responsible for building tools that quantify the CivicScience network and optimize experiences for clients and partners. He holds a degree in Economics from Virginia Tech where he was an on air personality at WUVT, VT’s student run radio station. If there was a competition for knowing obscure facts about what lives in CivicScience databases, Steve would win it hands down.
Aparna Nigam, Publisher Relationship Manager
Aparna brings a unique perspective to the CivicScience team. She holds a B.S. from the University of Kentucky in Bio Engineering (with minors in math and modern dance). Aparna has worked for two other Pittsburgh based software companies, Timesys Corporation and IQ Inc. She has a high success rate in establishing key partnerships and is responsible for managing the CivicScience publisher network.
Mary Acklin, Engagement Writing Specialist
Mary is responsible for writing engaging questions for polls, working with partners on poll engagement strategies, and finding opportunities to bolster response rates. With a background in Journalism, she has a huge passion for starting an engaging conversation and joins CivicScience with over 5 years of experience working in product marketing, social media and community management for various startups. Yoga and fiber art occupy her spare time — oh, and making really stellar coffee.
Casey Taylor, Senior Account Manager
Casey works with clients to proactively identify research objectives and areas of exploration so that CivicScience can help illuminate a strategic path with data-driven insights and inferences. He has 5+ years of strategic consulting and planning experience for a wide range of clients, including Range Resources, Highmark Health, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.
Diane Borsh, Senior Account Manager
Diane collaborates with clients to effectively manage projects from initial objective to insight delivery. She earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh and has nearly a decade of experience in marketing research, marketing, and sales spanning the CPG, healthcare, and publishing industries.
Emma Diehl, Engagement Writing Specialist
As an Engagement Writing Specialist, Emma creates content to maximize response rates and distils the data gathered from polls into consumer-facing blog posts. With a background in Journalism and Marketing, Emma brings a variety of experiences, from working with large brands on massive campaigns to drafting press releases for university technology, to her role. Emma's work has also garnered bylines in XoJane, HuffPost Live!, NPR and NEXTPittsburgh.
Jordan Star, Content Writer
Jordan takes the thousands of insights that CivicScience collects daily, and turns them into engaging, entertaining and relevant stories. He is a recent graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and joins us as a 2016 Venture for America Fellow.
Emily Laumer, Account Manager
Emily works with clients to carefully shape research objectives and deliver impactful consumer-driven insights. With over 4 years of experience working in market research, Emily’s background spans a multitude of industries including foodservice, retail, CPG, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and more. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication (with a minor in Sociology) from Duquesne University.
Partner, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, and Pollster for Obama for America
Owner, Dallas Mavericks and Mark Cuban Companies
Chairman and CEO, The NPD Group
Kevin S. McClatchy
Director and Chairman, The McClatchy Company
SVP of Corporate Development, Cox Enterprises
SVP of Publishing and Emerging Media, Schurz Communications
Scientific & Academic Advisors
Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Heinz College at the Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Professor, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
J. Lamar Pierce
Associate Professor of Strategy, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis
Research Professor, The Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Assistant Professor – Policy Group, UCLA Andersen School of Management
Last updated: March 20, 2014
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