About Magellan Strategies

Our Company's Mission

The mission of Magellan Strategies is to provide government, school district, special district, and public policy organizations with the best public opinion survey experience possible. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our team and company. 

David Flaherty

CEO & Founder​

David Flaherty founded Magellan Strategies, a public opinion survey research firm serving local governments, school districts, special districts, and public policy organizations since 2007. He has spent three decades designing and managing thousands of ballot measure surveys, community surveys, and public policy research projects accurately measuring public and voter opinion. Furthermore, David is an expert public opinion pollster, focus group moderator, and ballot measure consultant.  

David learned the art and science of public opinion research working in Washington, DC, for fourteen years, from 1992 to 2006. He mastered questionnaire design, qualitative research, and message development strategies and practices during that time. Furthermore, he held positions of responsibility working at the Republican National Committee, the U.S. House of Representative Oversight Committee, and Americans for Prosperity.

David is very proud to have helped hundreds of Colorado governments, school districts, special districts, and policy groups achieve voter approval for various ballot measures funding a wide array of government services, capital projects, and district operations.   

David is a native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware. He lives in Broomfield, Colorado, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Jack and Bobby.

Courtney Sievers, MPA

Director of Survey Research

Courtney Sievers is our Director of Survey Research and has been with Magellan since 2009. She is our most experienced survey project manager and has completed hundreds of public policy, ballot measure, and community survey projects. Courtney is a master at developing questions that accurately measure resident and voter opinion for complicated ballot measure surveys and legislative policy proposal projects.

Suppose your organization intends to ask voters to approve a ballot measure to fund services, employee salaries, or capital projects. In that case, Courtney is someone that you want to manage your survey project. She is an expert in surveys focusing on message testing, development, and voter sentiment analysis. Her guidance will help your organization talk about your needs and the costs associated with them in a manner that will build voter support.

Courtney is an expert in using the statistical software packages of SPSS, Uncle, and R. She also manages many of our focus group and qualitative research projects. She is an experienced focus group moderator and knows how to develop an effective discussion guide. Furthermore, Courtney is an expert in technical writing and sentiment analysis.

Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Colorado Denver. She and her husband, Jake, live in Arvada with their two-year-old daughter Riley. In her spare time, she loves to ski and watch soccer.

Ryan Winger

Polling Project Manager and Diretor of Campaign Strategy

Ryan Winger is one of our lead polling project managers and the Director of Campaign Strategy. He has been on our team since 2007. During that time, he has managed hundreds of ballot measure surveys for local governments, school districts, special districts, and public policy organizations. 

In addition to being an accomplished polling project manager, Ryan has managed over 100 ballot measure campaigns. In particular, he has deep experience managing bond measures and MLO campaigns for Colorado school districts. He is most proud of his work for 27J Schools in 2022, helping guide the “I Am 27J” campaign to a successful mill levy override after over 20 years of failed efforts. Furthermore, Ryan is an expert at voter data analysis and utilizing survey data to develop winning campaign strategies that deliver the right message to the right voters.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Political Science.  He resides in Frederick with his wife, Vicki, and their three children, Emmalyn, Easton, and Everly.

Jennifer Flaherty

Principal & Director of Redistricting Services

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 as a veteran of the 2001, 2011 and coming up 2021 redistricting cycles. Jennifer’s career began in the fall of 2000 working in the Republican National Committee Redistricting Department.

In this role she mastered redistricting mapping software and building complex political databases containing voter files, precinct election return data and census data. Jennifer has worked with countless Republican legislative caucuses and state parties across the country, supporting their mapping and redistricting needs.

Jennifer is a native of Houston and is a graduate of the University of Texas. She and David Flaherty are the proud parents of two boys, Jack and Bobby. They reside in Broomfield and enjoy skiing, hiking, fly fishing and mountain biking when the grandparents are in town and watching the kids.