Founder, Momentum Analysis
Vice President of Research
Margie Omero, Founder, Momentum Analysis, LLC
Margie Omero is President and founder of Momentum Analysis, LLC, a Democratic public opinion research firm based in Washington, DC. The firm founded in 2001, counts among its clients the DNC, the DCCC, EMILY's List, Members of Congress, non-profits and labor unions, and campaigns around the country from City Council to US Senate. She is an award-winning pollster, recently named one of "50 Politicos To Watch" by Politico, and a "Mover and Shaker" by Politics Magazine. In 2009, she started the organization Working Women for Virginia, the only women's group to run television advertising against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and his extreme views on women.
Omero, a Women's Media Center/SheSource expert, frequently comments on political trends, and appears regularly on television, radio, and print. Her work as a pollster.com/Huffington Post blogger has appeared on "Hardball", in ABC's "The Note", The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and in Salon.com. She is also a regular contributor to Politico's "The Arena". She is the author of a chapter on women and voting in the three-volume series "Voting in America" and a chapter on the gender gap in statewide races in the academic text "Voting the Gender Gap," both published in 2008.
One of only a handful of principal female political pollsters in the country, Omero is the 2006 recipient of Women's Information Network's "Young Women of Achievement" award. In 2003, after only her first cycle running Momentum Analysis, the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) named Omero "Rookie of the Year," an award meant to cut across party lines and consulting disciplines. And in 2000, Campaigns and Elections magazine recognized Omero as a "Rising Star." Omero has served on the board of WeLead, a bipartisan program that trains young women for careers in politics, and is currently on the executive committee of Next Step, a bipartisan political leadership program.
Prior to launching Momentum Analysis, Omero was a Vice President at The Mellman Group, a research firm also in Washington, DC. While there, Omero worked on the firm's research for non-profits such as World Wildlife Fund, Trust For Public Lands, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the League of Women Voters. Omero also coordinated the firm's work on Fortune Magazine's Power 25, which was an annual list of the most powerful organizations in Washington, DC. Omero also handled the firm's research for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and for numerous other Democratic candidates, such as Senator Maria Cantwell (WA), Senator Tim Johnson (SD), former Senator Tom Daschle (SD), former Congressman Dick Gephardt (MO-3), and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (NV-1).
Omero is a professionally trained focus group moderator who has personally conducted nearly a thousand focus groups and qualitative discussions, while also being professionally and academically trained in statistical sampling and survey methodology. She is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, where she has been a frequent judge for the group's annual awards for campaign advertising. Omero has a bachelor's degree and graduated with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Plan II, the University's prestigious honors program, studied psychology and research methodology, and wrote her honors thesis using longitudinal survey data. She lives in Washington, DC.
Nisha Jain, Vice President of Research, Momentum Analysis, LLC
Nisha Jain is Vice President of Research at Momentum Analysis, specializing in the firm’s quantitative work. She performs multivariate statistical analyses, works with clients, oversees survey methodology, and analyzes data to provide campaigns with strategic advice. She also conducts background legislative research, and self and opposition research. The results of her work have appeared in countless newspapers and polling analyses.
Prior to Momentum Analysis, Jain worked for Troutman Sanders LLC supporting lobbyists representing Community Associations in their work with the Virginia General Assembly. Other prior positions include work for the Indian American Center for Political Awareness, the Embassy of India, Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, and the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Jain attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, and was a semifinalist of the prestigious Intel Talent Search (formerly the Westinghouse award) for her scientific research on bacterial virus filtration. Jain received a BS in Mathematics at George Mason University, where she was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, and the Indian Student Association.
Jain serves on the board of directors of the Washington Leadership Program, a national non-profit organization developing the next generation of American leadership from the South Asian American community. The program places promising college students in Congressional internships, and provides them with structured leadership training. She lives in Vienna, Virginia.
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