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.
Courtney Gibbon, Director of Survey Research and Predictive Data Modeling
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.
Ryan Winger, Director of Data Analysis and Reserach Projects
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.
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.