Evan Kelner-Levine is an Analyst at The Mellman Group, which was recently named “Pollster of the Year” for the third time by the American Association of Political Consultants. Since joining the firm in June 2012, he has been involved in all phases of focus group research and polling, and is proud to have worked on the strategic research behind three big wins on ballot initiatives in the 2012 cycle: the passage in California of the major revenue initiative Prop 30, the defeat of the anti-union Prop 32 in California, and the passage of the Question 7 gaming expansion in Maryland, which was the most expensive campaign in Maryland’s history and was honored as “Ballot Initiative Campaign of the Year” by the AAPC. In addition, Evan has worked on successful projects in candidate races, including the research behind Annie Kuster’s successful bid to unseat a Republican incumbent in one of the most-watched Congressional races of the 2012 cycle, Andy Meisner’s reelection as Treasurer of Michigan’s Oakland County, and the National Jewish Democratic Council’s direct mail outreach to Jewish swing voters in Florida’s razor-close 2012 presidential contest. Evan has also worked on research for clients including the DSCC, Senator Maria Cantwell, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and Pew Charitable Trusts.
Evan’s hometown is Boston and his alma mater is Yale. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and Political Science, with distinction in both majors. During his time in New Haven he worked on several municipal races and got involved with the Yale chapter of Engineers Without Borders. He also spent a summer field organizing in a Congressional primary in Rhode Island. He is prone to long debates over policy, politics, ethics, and all the rest.