Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Lynne Soltis
February 22, 1984
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|Education||M.A. Johns Hopkins University|
B.A. University of Florida
|Occupation||Pollster, writer, television personality|
|Employer||Partner and Co-Founder at Echelon Insights|
Kristen Lynne Soltis Anderson (born February 22, 1984) is a Republican pollster, television personality, and writer whose work has appeared in The Daily Beast, Politico, and The Huffington Post.
Early life and education
Born Kristen Lynne Soltis on February 22, 1984, Anderson grew up in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in political science in 2005; she obtained her M.A. in government from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. As a junior in college, she interned with the finance department of the National Republican Congressional Committee and was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Commemorative Quarter Committee. As a senior, she interned at The Winston Group, an opinion research and political communications firm based in Washington, D.C.
After graduation in 2005, she accepted a full-time position with The Winston Group, where she focused on the youth vote and education reform. After earning her graduate degree in 2009, she published excerpts from her thesis as articles on Pollster.com and conservative blog The Next Right. In 2010, her findings were mentioned by Democratic political strategist and commentator James Carville, leading to appearances on television news shows as a guest commentator and political pundit. She received one million dollars from a Republican super PAC to research the youth vote and served as its communications director.
During the 2012 elections, she was a communications adviser to Crossroads Generation, a Republican organization focused on the youth vote. After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 youth vote, she co-developed a guidebook outlining strategies for the Republican Party to garner more votes from young people.
In 2014, she left The Winston Group and founded research organization Echelon Insights with Patrick Ruffini. In 2015, she published The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America (and How Republicans Can Keep Up).
Anderson has cohosted two live media blogs: The Week In Blog for Bloggingheads.tv and Wilshire and Washington for Variety. She served as an issue-advocacy adviser to the YG Network in support of its efforts to develop conservative women activists. She co-hosts a podcast called The Pollsters.
Kristen and Chris Anderson were married on April 28, 2012.
- "The Daily Beast". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- "The Republican Party's class act". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- "Kristen Soltis Anderson - HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- Conniff, Kelly. "These Are the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World". Retrieved September 2, 2017 – via ideas.time.com.
- "MC@Work: The New Guard". October 17, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- Cosmopolitan Magazine: "Get That Life: How I Became The Republican Party's Leading Millennial Pollster – Kristen Soltis Anderson turned her graduate thesis into a career as an expert on young voters" by HEATHER WOOD RUDULPH June 6, 2016
- The Institute of Politics at Harvard University: "Kristen Soltis Anderson" Fall 2014
- "Kristen Soltis Anderson's Married Life With Husband Is A Beauty To Eyes; Shared A Rare Picture From Wedding Day". LIVERAMPUP. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- "EchelonInsights - We've added a VERY good boy to our staff". Instagram. Retrieved March 13, 2019.