Kristen Soltis Anderson a pollster and columnist for The Daily Beast. She served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Republican polling firm in DC. Anderson has done extensive research on public opinion, studying subjects such as the youth vote and education reform. In 2013, she was named one of TIME Magazine's “30 under 30 Changing the World,” Marie Claire's “New Guard" of fifty rising female leaders, one of Campaigns & Elections’ “The Influencers 50" as one of the campaign "disruptors" to watch, and as one of National Journal Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women Under 35 in Washington.” She is currently writing a book on new ideas and social trends that matter to emerging voter groups, due out in 2015 from Broadside Books (HarperCollins).
She has served an issue advocacy advisor to YG Network, supporting their efforts to train female center-right leaders, and in 2012 served as the communications advisor to Crossroads Generation, a Republican organization focused on winning the youth vote. For four years, she served on the board of America’s Future Foundation.
Anderson appears regularly on programs such as CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” She writes for U.S. News and World Report and Huffington Post Pollster about elections and trends in public opinion. She has also written for POLITICO, Campaigns & Elections magazine, National Review Online’s “The Corner,”New York Times.com’s “Room for Debate,” and The Orlando Sentinel.
She was a featured speaker at the Forbes Women’s Summit in May 2013, has been a panelist at events hosted by the American Enterprise Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center, as well as at conferences such as South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi).
In 2013, Anderson authored the CRNC’s “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation” report on how Republicans could win young voters. Anderson has been published in academic journals and contributed a chapter to Margin of Victory: How Technologists Help Politicians Win Elections on the subject of polling and trends in opinion research. Her graduate thesis research on young voters received “Best Thesis” honors from Johns Hopkins University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.
She has completed the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. In 2002, she was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Commemorative Quarter Committee.
Anderson was previously the co-host of “The Week In Blog” program for Bloggingheads.tv and was a co-host of Variety’s “Wilshire and Washington” weekly podcast.
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Kristen was born and raised in Orlando, FL and is a proud Florida Gator fan. From 2007 to 2009, Kristen’s free time was spent as the lead singer of a pop-rock cover band. She is currently a member of the board of the Junior League of Washington.
She currently resides in Washington with her husband Chris.