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. She 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 stint in sales for a major liquor distributor, she joined Stanford Campaigns in March 2009 and quickly found a professional home.
With no professional experience in politics, Sonia took the helm of the firm’s business operations and steered the operation to more solid financial footing with acumen gleaned from her years in the liquor industry. A decade of experience with sales, brand management, and networking taught her valuable lessons that she brought with her to Stanford Campaigns—keep the client happy, smile no matter what, and always get the money up front.