Michael Bocian, founding partner at GBAO, one of the leading Democratic polling firms in the country. As lead polling advisor to the DCCC, he provided strategic insight that helped Democrats achieve their most successful House election in recent history. In 2018, he also provided research for campaigns and independent expenditures that helped Democrats win five Governor’s races, including flipping three from red to blue. He has conducted quantitative or qualitative research in all 50 states and worked on many of the major issues of our time – health care, climate change, education, immigration, foreign policy, criminal justice reform, reproductive health care and others.
By providing research and strategic advice, Bocian helped elect Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM), Gov. Kate Brown (OR), Gov. Laura Kelly (KS), Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (NM), Auditor Eugene DePasquale (PA), and 10 current members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the last two DCCC Chairs and four members of the current Democratic leadership: Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL), Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM), and Rep. Katherine Clark (MA), and Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD).He’s also worked with numerous other Members of Congress and elected oficials around the country, such as Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR), Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA), Rep. Tom Suozzi (NY), Rep. Lori Trahan (MA), Rep. Colin Allred (TX), and Mayors Catherine Pugh (Baltimore) and Tim Keller (Albuquerque).
In addition to his work with candidates, Bocian research and strategic guidance to a variety of progressive organizations the House Majority PAC, Senate Majority PAC, NRDC, NEA, SEIU, AFSCME, ACLU, the Partnership for Safety and Justice, YouthFirst Initiative, the Center for American Progress, and the Center for Popular Democracy, among others.
Bocian is one of the leading experts on ballot initiative campaigns and has directed the polling for several successful ballot initiative campaigns on issues including taxes, education, renewable energy, the minimum wage, paid sick leave and workers’ rights.
Bocian received his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and two daughters.