WPAi Announces Hiring of Ashlee Rich Stephenson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
CONTACT: BRIAN PHILLIPS, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
BPHILLIPS@WPARESEARCH.COM | 202-577-1303

WASHINGTON, DC –WPAi, a national leader in research, analytics and data science, announced the hiring of Ashlee Rich Stephenson as a Senior Vice President.

Stephenson has spent the last decade in the research and strategy space, most recently serving the last five years as the Managing Partner of Just Win Strategies, a national consulting firm. Just Win guided a host of successful and marquee victories on behalf of their political and public affairs clients – including the campaigns of Senator Joni Ernst (IA-SEN), the race that flipped the U.S. Senate in 2014 and Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) this past cycle, which Stu Rothenberg named “one of the biggest upsets of 2016.”

Stephenson’s experience spans from presidential campaigns to guiding corporate interests in their strategic and research endeavors. Her experience includes stints in the RNC Strategy Department (2005-2006), serving as the Polling Director for Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential operation, and from 2008-2012 she worked at The Tarrance Group, a national Republican survey research firm. In 2011, Stephenson directed the data driven voter contact program for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s historic Iowa Straw Poll Victory, and in 2012 moderated focus groups among swing female voters on behalf of Romney for President. In the 2016 cycle, Stephenson’s firm, Just Win, served in strategic roles for Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential efforts.

WPAi CEO Chris Wilson issued the following comments about the hiring of Ashlee Stephenson: “The addition of Ashlee and her extraordinary skillset brings a tremendous value to our clients. Ashlee’s credentials and knowledge in the research space, paired with having played a senior role in nationally recognized political wins, offer our clients guidance from a strategist who not only understands data, but has proven its effectiveness when utilized to drive decision making across the entirety of a campaign, public affairs or corporate program.”

“The WPAi team has developed an unmatched set of capabilities and products in the analytics and survey research space,” said Stephenson. “Having had the wonderful opportunity to work with Chris Wilson and team on a host of successful ventures over the last cycle, I know firsthand WPAi is leading our industry in innovation when it comes to combining the powerful tools of data science and traditional market research. I am personally thrilled to be joining a growing company that is pioneering the future of analytics in the political and public affairs space.”

Recognized for her professional accomplishments, Stephenson was inducted into the American Association of Political Consultant’s 40 under 40 inaugural class in 2015, and named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine in 2014.

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