Who we are

Who we are
Tulchin Research is comprised of leading professionals in the polling field:       Ben Tulchin President and Founder     Ben Tulchin is the Founder and President of Tulchin Research. Tulchin has provided research and consulting services to a wide range of clients across the country, including government agencies, candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations, and foundations. Tulchin serves as a senior strategist for candidate and ballot measure campaigns. He has directed the polling operations for candidates at all levels of the ballot box, from president to city council. His clients have included former DNC Chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean, former California Governor Gray Davis, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Harry Reid, and he has helped elect and re-elect several members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Tulchin has provided public opinion research, targeting, and message development guidance to some of America’s top non-profits, foundations, and corporations. He has helped create and guide numerous successful public education campaigns for non-profit foundations, including the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, the California League of Conservation Voters, and the Wilderness Society, as well as labor unions such as the California Teachers Association and SEIU. Tulchin also played a leading strategic role for the 2006 independent expenditure effort against Congressman Richard Pombo in California’s 11th Congressional district led by the Defenders of Wildlife and other environmental groups. Additionally, Tulchin has provided corporate strategy and government relations advice to major companies such as General Electric, Abbott Laboratories, AT&T, National Semiconductor, Nevada Power, and Pacific Gas and Electric. Prior to launching Tulchin Research, Tulchin started and directed Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research’s California office, worked for the California-based polling firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates, as well as the Washington, DC-based polling firms of Garin-Hart-Yang, and Lake-Snell-Perry. Mr. Tulchin received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Amherst College and resides in San Francisco.         Ben Krompak Senior Analyst Ben Krompak is a strategist and pollster with over a decade of experience in public affairs and public policy. As senior analyst at Tulchin Research, Krompak provides public opinion research and strategic counsel to candidates, ballot measures, advocacy organizations, labor unions, and Fortune 500 companies. In the 2012 cycle, Krompak played an important role in helping California Democrats win the first state legislative supermajority in over eighty years, polling on behalf of the California Assembly Democratic Caucus as well as for independent efforts supporting Democratic candidates in key State Senate races. Krompak helped to elect Julia Brownley to Congress, turning the Ventura County-based district from red to blue, and to elect Dave Roberts as the first Democrat in two decades to serve on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. An expert in passing state and local revenue measures, Krompak helped to develop the “California Millionaires’ Tax” initiative, which was ultimately merged with Governor Jerry Brown’s successful 2012 state revenue measure. In the 2010 cycle, he polled on behalf of the Assembly Democrats and advised Gavin Newsom’s successful campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Krompak advises Cook County (Illinois) Board President Toni Preckwinkle and has worked in key mayoral elections around the country, including Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, and his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Krompak has polled extensively on behalf of progressive candidates and causes in the state of Texas. In 2012, he polled and helped shape the strategy for San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s Build S.A. program, a nearly $600 million public works and infrastructure rebuilding program, and polled for an independent effort on behalf of Castro’s successful measure to establish universal Pre-Kindergarten for San Antonio children. He helped to re-elect Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in 2010, to re-elect State Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin) in both 2010 and 2012, and polled for and advised independent supporters of State Senator Wendy Davis in her successful 2012 re-election campaign. Krompak has conducted research for and advised environmental organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund and the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, as well as labor unions, including the California Federation of Teachers, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Orange County Employees Association, and UNITE HERE. The results of Krompak’s work have been cited by Politico, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Orange County Register, and others. Prior to joining Tulchin Research, Krompak worked for five years as a strategist and media consultant as founding principal of Krompak Communications. He currently lives in Oakland.         Corey O'Neil Senior Analyst   Corey is an Analyst at Tulchin Research and joined the firm in March of 2010. While at Tulchin Research, Corey has managed successful research projects on local and statewide ballot measures and conducted research for clients including the California Assembly Democratic Caucus, the California League of Conservation Voters, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the successful re-election campaign for Pennsylvania State Representative Matt Bradford, and a Fortune 50 company. He has also specializes in projects aimed at balancing the state budget. Prior to joining Tulchin Research, Corey was an Assistant Analyst for the Feldman Group in Washington D.C. He specialized in clients in both the U.S. House and Senate, including Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Congressman John Boccieri. In addition, Corey worked with SEIU and the California Teachers Association, and was part of the team working to elect Congresswoman Judy Chu in the 2009 special election to replace the newly-appointed Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, in California’s 32nd congressional district. Corey also worked for Greenberg Quinlan and Rosner Research in Washington D.C. during the 2008 Presidential election cycle, where he worked on various U.S. Senate campaigns and ballot initiatives around the country as a Project Associate. Corey played an important role in the campaign to elect New Hampshire’s first female Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, spent much of the 2008 cycle focusing on South Dakota on behalf of Senator Tim Johnson, and worked hard to defeat a ballot measure in that state that would have restricted women's access to reproductive healthcare. Additionally, Corey was a major part of the polling efforts for the National Education Association (NEA) and the labor organization, Change to Win, in their multi-state push to elect Barack Obama in 2008. Corey was a writer for the Chico News and Review during the 2004 Presidential election cycle and graduated from the California State University, Chico in 2005 with degrees in Political Science, Philosophy, and a minor in Ethics. As a native of Napa, Corey has a special wine expertise that clients can utilize upon request. He was the Tasting Room Manager at Peju Family Estates and helped to open the doors as the Tasting Room Manager at Black Stallion Winery in 2007.   Kiel         Kiel Brunner Analyst Kiel joined Tulchin Research in March of 2014 as an Analyst after nearly a decade of experience in public policy and campaigns. His background includes legislative work for elected leaders at the federal, state, and local level and campaigns at all levels, from County Sheriff to President of the United States. Prior to joining Tulchin Research, Kiel helped elect Congressman Jared Polis (CO) – as the first openly gay man in Congress, former US Senator Mark Begich (AK), former Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC), State Senator David Marsden (VA), State Senator Jennifer Wexton (VA) and Stacey Kincaid as the  first female Sheriff of Fairfax County, VA in its 271-year history. He worked on Governor Bill Richardson’s historic 2008 presidential campaign in Iowa and managed top-targeted Red-2-Blue congressional races in Kansas and Florida. While at Tulchin Research, he has conducted polling and data analysis for a wide range of clients including Bernie Sanders for President, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Independent Expenditure, the Illinois House Democratic Caucus, the California Assembly Democratic Caucus, Defenders of Wildlife, the Northern California ACLU, Cal Poly Institute for Technology and Public Policy and several other campaigns and ballot initiatives. As a pollster for Bernie Sanders, Kiel played a pivotal role in developing turnout universes for more than 40 states and territories, accurately predicting caucus and primary election turnout and results as well managing the fielding of well over 100 surveys nationwide.
David       David Kornahrens Assistant Analyst David joined Tulchin Research in early 2016 after almost a decade of organizing and consulting experience.  He began his political career as an Obama for America Fellow building the person-to-person voter contact network that turned Indiana from red-to-blue for the first time in 40 years in 2008.  He then returned and completed his B.A. in History at University of California, Santa Barbara while organizing students part-time for Newsom for California.  After graduating college, David joined the Feldman Group in Washington D.C. where he worked within a small team providing survey research, online ad testing and strategic advice to elect Democratic candidates.  This team in 2012 helped guide the successful campaigns of Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Gov. Jay Inslee (D-OR), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and independent expenditures for the Democratic Governors’ Association and the Senate Majority PAC.  When David returned to California in 2013, he joined Organizer, Inc. where he focused on client acquisition and project management for the political sector.  His hands-on support was instrumental in advancing voter contact field operations through mobile app technology especially for the Grassroots for Florida IE and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).  In his spare time, David enjoys visiting and crossing off all 50 states in the U.S. and following the San Francisco Giants.   img_9656       Tia Seltzer  Project Associate Tia Seltzer is a recent graduate at the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in international studies and political science, with a focus on the intersections between multiculturalism and feminism. She spent several years as a volunteer at the International Rescue Committee, tutoring middle- and high-school-aged kids from San Diego's refugee community, one of the biggest in the country. She also co-founded Refugee Connections, an on-campus club that helped other students get involved in the lives of young refugees. After graduating in the spring of 2016, Tia returned to the Bay Area, where she grew up, and joined Tulchin Research as a Project Associate. She is especially interested in immigration law reform and women's rights.