At Luntz Global, teamwork is one of the most important policies we have. You can meet the fantastic and hardworking team that keeps Luntz Global the most current and fast-moving company on the market.

Alyssa Salvo

Alyssa Salvo



As the president at Luntz Global, Alyssa Salvo provides comprehensive communication strategies to a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, trade associations, and sports organizations. Specific clients she has advised include the NFL, Fox Sports, the University of Phoenix, Westfield, and countless others.

Alyssa’s guidance ranges from crisis communication to policy advocacy, reputation issues to consumer challenges. In addition to the language-centric work for which LG is traditionally known, she also specializes in programmatic strategies for television networks, where she provides direction on tone, talent, layout, and content for a variety of shows.

Her in-depth understanding of public opinion stems from hundreds of dial sessions she’s conducted both nationally and globally. As part of the research process, she leads diverse teams of colleagues in executing a wide range of client end-products, including media training, presentations, and Luntz Global’s patented Language Dictionaries.

Before working at Luntz Global, she was a project coordinator at Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research, where she worked for a half-dozen industry-leading companies.

She is a graduate of Princeton University, with a degree in politics. At Princeton, her concentration was on modern American politics, specifically the fundamentals of campaigns and elections.

Ben Clarke

Ben Clarke



Ben Clarke is a partner with the firm.

Hired out of college as a speechwriter, he has written for presidents, princes, and prime ministers.

In addition to his work as a longtime senior political writer and corporate messaging advisor for Luntz Global, he has held myriad posts in the political world. He was the chief political speechwriter for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a communications consultant for Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign, political writer and messaging advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s ’08 and ’10 nationwide political outreach campaigns, and speechwriter for RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

He has worked on countless House, Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns across America. He has also worked on or covered campaigns in Ukraine, Georgia and Greece.

On the corporate side, he has helped craft language for countless Fortune 100 and nationally renowned CEOs – from Pfizer to FedEx; Google to Guggenheim Partners.

A resident of Boston, his religion is the Red Sox.

Nick Wright

Nick Wright



Nick Wright has been tied up at gunpoint while campaigning to rid Zimbabwe of Robert Mugabe. He has come under direct fire while polling one of Iraq’s first democratic elections. He inhaled tear gas in Islamabad while establishing the Malala Campaign for girls’ education in Pakistan.

During those same years, he also designed and executed some of the most successful branding, reputational, and corporate campaigns in Britain, the U.S., Australia, and all around the world – including one that precluded the removal of a sitting prime minister.

He began his career as a researcher and speechwriter at Westminster. Over the past few years he has polled, fought, and won political, corporate, and charitable campaigns in over 25 countries. He specializes in designing deep – and accurate – campaign-based research, as well as winning communication strategies for leaders in all spheres. An advertisement he helped conceptualise, write, and create won the Reed Awards’ ‘Best International Campaign Ad’ in 2017.

Nick also pioneered Luntz Global’s latest messaging techniques in the U.K. and Australia, and is a certified QPMR, MSc, and Council Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in Sydney. His commentary and analysis is featured in The Australian, the BBC, Sydney Morning Herald, Radio Hong Kong, and The Guardian. He also lectures at the University of Sydney, in 2013 delivering a special lecture on Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, exactly 500 years after the work’s first publication.

Kelly Gerson

Kelly Gerson



Kelly Gerson is a partner with the firm, working with the country’s top companies and organizations in industries spanning from education to entertainment, CPG to travel and tourism, life sciences to finance.

In all of these fields, her focus specializes in bringing a touch of the creative to the corporate, breathing new life to business narratives, executive speeches, product campaigns – any and all external-facing communications.

She is a graduate of Boston College.

Nancy Tavenner

Nancy Tavenner



Nancy leads the accounting team and handles all financial statement reporting, budgeting, and forecasting requirements.  She also works closely with clients and project managers to put contracts in place.  She is responsible for payroll and manages human resources.

Nancy brings more than 25 years of accounting experience in both the public and private sectors, including running her own company.  She is a Virginia Tech Hokie with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, passing the CPA exam right out of college.

She lives in a log home in Virginia with her husband and four children.  Her two dogs enjoy going to work with her every day.

Beth Youra

Beth Youra

Vice President of Quantitative Research


Beth Youra directs the qualitative, quantitative, and analytical methods that help businesses achieve their goals. Whether working with large data sets or multifaceted business strategies, she excels at distilling complexity down to actionable, practical solutions.

Beth previously worked at Gallup, Verizon, and Startec Global Communications leading consulting, research, analytics, and marketing engagements.

She is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Jessica Wittland

Jessica Wittland

Vice President, Recruiting and Outreach


Jessica Wittland is our Vice President of Recruiting and Outreach, working to bring respondents into Luntz Global’s unique focus group community and coordinate the recruitment of panelists for each instant response dial session.

Before joining the Luntz Global team, Jessica spent over five years at Delve Marketing Research, where she managed a facility and clients, helping to recruit various research projects across the country.

Under Jessica’s direction, the Recruiting and Outreach Department oversees hundreds of focus groups each year.

Suzanne Conte

Suzanne Conte

Media Director


Suzanne Conte manages the audiovisual component of Instant Response dial research at Luntz Global.

From sports to entertainment, business to politics, she oversees the dial-testing of multimedia content at focus groups across the U.S. and abroad. That methodology yields the results we use to determine what messaging works – and what doesn’t – giving our clients a distinct competitive edge. In addition, she creates video and print ads that compete head-to-head against offerings from the nation’s top agencies.

Suzanne joined the firm in 2012 and is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Luntz Global team, she worked as a Video Editor at the Association for Psychological Science, and as the Outreach Assistant on a documentary film promotional campaign at State of the Art, Inc, an Academy Award-winning production company.

She earned a Master of Fine Arts in film and electronic media from American University, and studied filmmaking in Prague. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies, with an emphasis in film theory and a minor in sociology, at Virginia Tech.

Tim Gerson

Tim Gerson

Senior Project Director


Tim Gerson is a Senior Project Director with Luntz Global.

He works to craft language for some of the country’s most influential companies and organizations. Through intensive research and thorough revision, Tim shapes impactful messaging that delivers meaningful, real-world outcomes.

Previously, Tim worked at NAXION Research Consulting, where he applied qualitative and quantitative research methods to guide clients through a host of market challenges with clear and confident direction.

He is a graduate of Boston College.

Savannah Gross

Savannah Gross

Associate Project Director


Savannah is an Associate Project Director with Luntz Global.

She specializes in creating visual content. Partnering with the language and communication experts at Luntz Global, she helps find creative solutions to communication challenges.

Savannah also oversees Instant Response dial testing at focus groups spanning a myriad of industries, in the U.S. and abroad.

She attended the University of Michigan and Albert-Lüdwigs University of Freiburg.

Liz Brinkerhoff

Liz Brinkerhoff

Communications Advisor


Liz Brinkerhoff is a communications advisor with Luntz Global.

She previously worked for Senator and Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Evan Bayh and Senator Mark Begich, where she provided subject area expertise on Defense, Veterans, Financial Services, Tax, and Appropriations issues.

Her most recent role was at Catalyst Inc, where she collaborated with Fortune 500 member companies to reach strategic corporate diversity goals and also supported Catalyst in reaching critical government affairs objectives.

Liz resides in the Washington, D.C. area, and is a graduate of Rutgers University.

CJ Penso

CJ Penso

Communications Advisor


CJ Penso is a Communications Advisor with Luntz Global.

She has worked in political and corporate advertising, branding, local government, speechwriting, community outreach, and federal contracting. Prior to joining Luntz Global, she was a Senior Communications Consultant at BayFirst Solutions, where she provided public relations contract support for a federal innovation program.

CJ spends her free time traveling, exploring DC, and hanging out with her cats. She believes in the power of beautiful language to change the world.

She has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College.

Alex Ives

Alex Ives

Communications Advisor


Alex Ives is a Communications Advisor with Luntz Global Partners.

He crafts language for national and multinational clients ranging from healthcare, consumer products, financial services and technology sectors. Through continued refinement and research, Alex drives innovative messaging strategy that’s tailored to the unique and individual needs of every client.

Previously, Alex worked on healthcare, appropriations, and financial services issues with the office of Senator Richard Burr and Invariant Government Relations.

He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

Matthew Standerfer

Matthew Standerfer

Digital Editor


Matthew Standerfer works at the intersection of message and design as a content editor and media analyst.

He has tailored digital strategies for organizations in news media, education, and retail. A journalist by trade, he previously worked on Capitol Hill as a politics reporter covering border issues, campaign finance, and Arizona’s Congressional races.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Mass Communication degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

He is based in Washington.

Joel Pelovitz

Joel Pelovitz

Senior Research Associate


Joel Pelovitz provides information collection and reference material composition supporting Luntz Global focus groups around the world.

Joel brings an analytical approach to project support and problem-solving. His experience includes consecutive internships at the National Museum of American History, as well as marketing work for The Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and business from Muhlenberg College.

Joel currently resides in Washington, DC, where he enjoys writing music and exploring local museums.

Michael French

Michael French

Research Associate


Michael French is a research associate for Luntz Global Partners.

With a focus on data interpretation, Michael strives to instill ingenuity in the analytical.  He prides himself on delivering clear, relevant results that readers can easily assess and use.  His experience spans multiple congressional and gubernatorial races, as well as concurrent internships on Capitol Hill and at the American Academy of Diplomacy.  Through his work on the front lines, interest in global affairs, and hometown roots in rural America, he has developed keen insight into the communication strategies that resonate with voters and consumers alike.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan and resides in Washington, D.C. He enjoys international travel and closely following election cycles, both in the states and abroad.  

Megan Caulfield

Megan Caulfield

Communications Associate


Megan Caulfield is a communications associate at Luntz Global Partners.

She bridges the worlds of quantitative research and qualitative analysis – crafting surveys and interpreting data to pinpoint the key language, tactics, and strategies to meet client needs.

Megan has served on the research teams at Wharton’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, with a focus on Asian affairs.  She has also worked for the boutique strategic communications firms Catalyst and Teneo.

Megan graduated from Grinnell College with a double major in political science and Mandarin Chinese, with extensive studies in economics. A seasoned traveler, Megan enjoyed the months she explored and studied in China. On weekends, you can find her discovering Washington, DC through photography.

Yunna Leshchinskiy

Yunna Leshchinskiy

Executive Assistant


Yunna Leshchinskiy is an Executive Assistant at Luntz Global Partners, where she oversees operations for the Washington D.C. office and facilitates a strong office culture.

She supports the Luntz Global partners and senior staff in everything from streamlining business development to managing client engagement. She also serves as the primary contact for members of the media and press. Yunna enjoys finding creative and innovative opportunities for the staff to connect, bond, and of course, not only eat, but eat well.

She’s proudly staffed various executives and has previously worked in the world of chocolate, biscuits, and beer, as well as in food styling.

On weekends, you can find her perusing a new art exhibit, throwing an elaborate dinner party, or tracking down a watering hole. She is in constant pursuit of a NY-style bagel in DC.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a focus on immigration and gender from Mount Holyoke College.

Laurie Kessler

Laurie Kessler

Assistant Controller


Laurie manages accounts receivables – from invoicing to collections.  She works with both internal and external customers to ensure all project expectations are met.  She also assists with monthly, quarterly, and annual requirements for reporting and budget.

Laurie joined Luntz Global with more than 20 years of experience in receivables, account management, and customer service within the telecom industry – including Sprint, Orange Business Services, and AT&T.

She attended Florida State University and Kennesaw State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing & Business Communications.  She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and kids.

Lisbeth Kroner

Lisbeth Kroner

Senior Accountant


Lisbeth ensures the integrity of accounting information by recording, verifying, and entering expenses to maintain Depreciation Accounts, Prepaid Expenses and Accounts Payable. She also assists with monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports.

Prior to joining Luntz Global in 2014, Lisbeth spent 14 years in accounting roles at the University of Florida, Strategic Funding, FOLIOfn and Novec.

Lisbeth attended the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College, earning degrees in Accounting and Graphic Design.  She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter.