David Flaherty, CEO and Founder
David Flaherty is CEO and founder of Magellan Strategies. Since Magellan Strategies inception in 2006, David has overseen the tremendous growth of Magellan in all product and service areas including political and consumer data analysis, quantitative and qualitative survey research, predictive data modeling, a national voter registration database of 190 million registered voters and a national precinct-level election return database. Prior to forming Magellan Strategies, David worked in Washington DC for 14 years, from 1992 to 2006. During that time, David worked at the Republican National Committee, Americans for Prosperity, the US House of Representatives, and public affairs firms.
David’s career path over many years has taught him political and consumer data collection, SQL database management, survey research, focus group research, voter targeting and political and government affairs campaign management. David has consulted more than 75 political and grassroots campaigns across the country. He is an expert in applying survey research, Census and political data demography, GIS and redistricting technology, and statistical and predictive analysis to make better decisions in the political, business and government affairs arena.
David is a 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware and resides in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife Jennifer and their two sons Jack and Bobby.
John Diez, Principal
John manages the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office. John has extensive experience in survey research, predictive data modeling, redistricting data and mapping technologies. John has worked with political data for the past 20 years. He is a former employee of the national polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, and the Republican National Committee (RNC). While John was with the RNC he worked in the Redistricting Department assisting in the development and maintenance of the RNC’s Geographical Information System, which integrated census and political data into a mapping application used to facilitate redistricting, and eventually became the Director of Redistricting Technology. John supplied the RNC’s expert witnesses with statistical analysis. Upon the completion of redistricting, John joined to the Republican National Committee’s Strategy Department where he became a Senior Data Analyst. In this capacity, he provided various campaigns with data products, such as targeting models, vote goals and precinct and jurisdictional maps.
In 2006, John relocated from Washington DC to Baton Rouge to become the Executive Director of The Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority (LCRM). LCRM was a data-driven 527 campaign organization focused on winning seats in the Louisiana State Legislature. As Executive Director, John personally fielded over 75 surveys on behalf of LCRM endorsed candidates. John used survey research and precinct election return data to drive all decision making, including allocating financial resources. Under John’s direction, Republicans picked-up 8 seats, which had never been done before. From 1995 to 2000, John was the Director of the Political Division of the Southwest Computer Bureau. In this capacity he provided political data to candidates and campaigns, designed voter information packages, analyzed voting patterns, and conducted surveys measuring public opinion of issues and candidates. John also developed direct mail targets and “Get Out The Vote” plans, and provided redistricting and G.I.S. services to various local governments.
John lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and 2 children.
Jennifer Flaherty, Principal
Jennifer Flaherty is a principal and co-founder of Magellan Strategies. She is considered to be one of the most experienced redistricting and political data consultants in the Republican community, being a veteran of the 2001 and 2011 redistricting cycles. Jennifer's career began in the fall of 2000 working in the Republican National Committee (RNC) Redistricting Department, mastering redistricting mapping software and learning how to build and manage political data including voter files, precinct election return data, and census data. During her time in the RNC Redistricting Department she worked with Republican legislative caucuses and state parties across the country, supporting their mapping and redistricting needs.
After the 2001 redistricting cycle she moved over to the RNC Strategy Department. In this tour of duty Jennifer built and managed the construction of voter file data, tracked, mapped and maintained changes to voting precinct boundaries, and managed political databases of aggregated data for various levels of geography include Nielsen DMA, cable and Arbitron radio markets. Eventually growing into positions of leadership, Jennifer's project priorities we directed by the White House, other RNC divisions, and other GOP organizations. One of Jennifer’s most significant accomplishments was during the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, managing all updates and changes to the precinct boundary databases in all target states for the campaign. This initiative included mapping precincts and creating “Vote Goals” based on Bush 2000 performance, population, registration, and other available data. This data was used to target precincts, direct registered Republicans to the polls, and much more for the success.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Texas. She and David Flaherty were married in February 2003, and are the proud parents of two boys, Jack and Bobby. They reside in Broomfield, Colorado and enjoy hiking, fly fishing and skiing when the grandparents are in town and watching the kids.
Ryan Winger, Director of Data and Mapping Technology
Ryan has been with Magellan Strategies since 2007. He manages and oversees "all things data" for the company, including the collection and construction of Magellan’s national voter file database, precinct election return database, consumer and other unique datasets. Ryan has written all of Magellan’s internal SQL code and programs to convert "raw" voter files, election return and consumer data into our master database format. Ryan also managed the migration of our vast data resources into the cloud in 2013. Ryan manages all of our mapping projects, and is an expert in Geographical Information Technology systems. Ryan has solved data problems for more than 100 of our campaign clients. Ryan also plays a major role in redistricting database construction.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Colorado and resides in Firestone, CO with his wife Vicki and daughter Emmalyn.
Courtney Gibbon, Director of Surveys and Predictive Analytics
Courtney Gibbon is the Director of Survey Research and Predictive Analytics for Magellan Strategies and has been with the company since 2009. She is Magellan's team leader for all our predictive data modeling projects. Courtney has extensive experience building data models in more than 20 states, predicting voter opinion and behavior including issue preference, political ideology, views of government and voter turnout. She can tell you what unique data variables are helpful building models and which ones do not. Courtney also manages all of our quantitative survey research. She has managed hundreds of our polling projects for both political and corporate clients. Courtney is an expert in using statistical software including SPSS, UNCLE and R.
Courtney holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from Colorado Mesa University, and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer and ski.
Mallory Losh, Director of Qualitative Research
Mallory Losh is the Director of Qualitative Research for Magellan Strategies and joined Magellan in 2009. When our clients are interested in doing a live or online focus group, Mallory runs the show. She is a professionally trained focus group moderator and qualitative research project manager. She works with our clients to develop a discussion guide that is focused, and relevant to the research project's mission. Mallory manages all interaction with our focus group facilities, focus group participant recruitment, and analysis of focus group video and transcription. When the focus group ends Mallory goes to work compiling and identifying the relevant insight and themes that emerged from the project. Simply put, she is a qualitative research machine. In addition to her qualitative research responsibilities, Mallory manages some of our quantitative research projects for our political and corporate clients. She is an expert in statistical software programs including UNCLE, SPSS and R.
She is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. Mallory resides in Arvada, Colorado with her husband Robert.
Fred works with John Diez in the Magellan Strategies Baton Rouge office. His main focus is providing custom-built voter data solutions to local, state and federal clients that fit their specific needs. In addition, he serves as project director for survey research and micro targeting projects. Fred is proficient with statistical, data mining, and text analytics software programs. Prior to joining Magellan Strategies BR in March 2012, Fred worked or consulted for numerous political, legislative, and no-profit clients. He has been a part of over 50 successful campaigns across the Southeast and Midwest. From intern to manager, Fred has served at every level of a political campaign and has implemented winning strategies for candidates and councilman to Congressman. He served as legislative assistant and policy advisor for members of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. He was also instrumental in the creation and development of a statewide non-profit grassroots organization aimed at reforming the civil justice system in Louisiana.
Fred is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.