Meet Magellan Strategies
CEO and Founder
David Flaherty is CEO and founder of Magellan Strategies. He is a pollster, data miner, master of political data, campaign consultant and strategist. David has been in the business of campaigns, politics, survey research, predictive data modeling and political data analysis since 1992. Prior to forming Magellan Strategies in Colorado at the end 2006, David worked in Washington DC for 14 years at the Republican National Committee, Americans for Prosperity, the US House of Representatives, and a public affairs firm.
David’s 25 year career path has taught him the art of political data analysis, survey research, focus group research, and campaign management. David has consulted more than 75 political and grassroots campaigns across the country. He is an expert in applying survey research, Census and political data demography, GIS and redistricting technology, and statistical and predictive analysis to make better decisions in the political, government and public affairs arenas.
David is a 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware and resides in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife Jennifer and their two sons Jack and Bobby.
Director of Survey Research and Predictive Data Modeling
Courtney Gibbon has been with Magellan Strategies since 2009. She is Magellan’s team leader for all our predictive data modeling projects. Courtney has extensive experience building data models in more than 20 states, predicting voter opinion and behavior including issue preference, political ideology, views of government and voter turnout. She can tell you what unique data variables are helpful building models and which ones do not. Courtney also manages all of our quantitative survey research. She has managed hundreds of our polling projects for both political and corporate clients. Courtney is an expert in using statistical software including SPSS, UNCLE and R.
Courtney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from Colorado Mesa University, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer and ski.
Director of Data Analysis and Research Projects
Ryan has been with Magellan Strategies since 2007. He manages and oversees “all things data” for the company, including the collection and construction of Magellan’s national voter file database, precinct election return database, consumer, and other unique datasets. Ryan has written all of Magellan’s internal SQL code and programs to convert “raw” voter files, election return and consumer data into our master database format. Ryan manages all of our mapping projects, and is an expert in Geographical Information Technology systems. Ryan has solved data problems for more than 100 of our campaign clients. Ryan also plays a major role in redistricting database construction.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Political Science. He resides in Firestone, CO with his wife Vicki, daughter Emmalyn, and son Easton.
Jennifer Flaherty is a principal and co-founder of Magellan Strategies. She is considered to be one of the most experienced redistricting and political data consultants in the Republican community, being a veteran of the 2001 and 2011 redistricting cycles. Jennifer’s career began in the fall of 2000 working in the Republican National Committee (RNC) Redistricting Department, mastering redistricting mapping software and learning how to build and manage political data including voter files, precinct election return data, and census data. During her time in the RNC Redistricting Department she worked with Republican legislative caucuses and state parties across the country, supporting their mapping and redistricting needs.
After the 2001 redistricting cycle she moved over to the RNC Strategy Department. In this tour of duty Jennifer built and managed the construction of voter file data, tracked, mapped and maintained changes to voting precinct boundaries, and managed political databases of aggregated data for various levels of geography include Nielsen DMA, cable and Arbitron radio markets. Eventually growing into positions of leadership, Jennifer’s project priorities we directed by the White House, other RNC divisions, and other GOP organizations. One of Jennifer’s most significant accomplishments was during the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, managing all updates and changes to the precinct boundary databases in all target states for the campaign. This initiative included mapping precincts and creating “Vote Goals” based on Bush 2000 performance, population, registration, and other available data. This data was used to target precincts, direct registered Republicans to the polls, and much more for the success.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Texas. She and David Flaherty were married in February 2003, and are the proud parents of two boys, Jack and Bobby. They reside in Broomfield, Colorado and enjoy hiking, fly fishing and skiing when the grandparents are in town and watching the kids.