Will always liked researching horrible people. He wanted to be a historian, and studied doomsday cults in early modern England at the University of Southern California. He even got a masters degree at the University of Chicago before he realized there was a lot more money in studying the doomsday cult known as the Republican Party.
As luck would have it, Will got into opposition research during the 2006 midterms, so his introduction to professional Democratic politics was a lot more optimistic than it might have been. He was so happy about it that he started his own firm in 2007, just in time for Obama to win, the world economy to implode and things to start to suck for Team D once again.
Rob grew up in Houston, Texas, where he went to a nationally recognized magnet school specializing in math, science and technology. He quickly realized engineering wasn’t his passion and graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas, where he was president of his fraternity, served on the Communication Council and made the dean’s list. As a junior in college in the summer of 2002, Rob got an internship position at Stanford Research, where he quickly discovered his fascination with research.
Rob has now overseen all research that has come out of the Austin office for five years, serving hundreds of political campaigns in 42 states along with various interest groups, super PACs and corporate clients.
Rob’s research has been featured in local and national papers, including the Wall Street Journal. He has taught opposition research techniques at a seminar for Democracy for Texas.
Sonia is a cum laude graduate of Georgia State University where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. Sonia moved to Austin in 2003 to attend graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin but soon found she preferred activism to academia. Following a brief stint in sales for a major liquor distributor, she joined Stanford Campaigns in March 2009 and quickly found a professional home. Sonia steered Stanford Campaigns through the Great Recession and put the company on firmer financial footing by instituting sound business practices, positioning the company for its merger with Third Coast Research in 2013.
Sonia lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two stepsons, plays piano and bass guitar, and is a candidate for Martian colonization in 2024. Seriously, you can look it up.