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|
Chris Anderson (m. 2012)
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 The 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 Washington, D.C.-based opinion research and political communications firm, The Winston Group.
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 began publishing pieces of her thesis as articles on Pollster.com and The Next Right, a conservative blog dedicated to developing young conservatives who could help rebuild the Republican Party. In 2010, her findings were mentioned by James Carville, a prominent Democratic political strategist and commentator. That led to various news programs and journalists asking for her insights; she started appearing on television news shows as a guest commentator. She subsequently received $1 million from a Republican super PAC to research the youth vote and served as its Communications Director while still working with the Winston Group; she began to appear as a political pundit on various news programs including CNN's State of the Union, Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor, CNN's Piers Morgan, and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
During the 2012 elections, she was a communications adviser to Crossroads Generation, a Republican organization focused on the youth vote. After GOP candidate Mitt Romney lost the 2012 youth vote by 23 points, she helped develop a 90-page guidebook about how the Republican Party might get more votes from young people. In 2014, she left The Winston Group and, with Patrick Ruffini (the co-founder of The Next Right blog), founded Echelon Insights. Echelon conducts issue-oriented research for news organizations and other groups. In 2015, her book,The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America (and How Republicans Can Keep Up), was released.
Anderson has also cohosted two live media blogs: "The Week In Blog" program for Bloggingheads.tv and Variety's "Wilshire and Washington" weekly podcast. She was the primary author of Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation, a book that analyzed the youth vote and proposed ways for the Republican Party to recapture it. She also served as an issue-advocacy adviser to the YG Network in support of its efforts to develop conservative women activists. She currently co-hosts a polling-related podcast called "The Pollsters".
Kristen and Chris Anderson were married on April 28, 2012.
Soltis Anderson has a golden retriever named Wallace ("Wally") Soltis Anderson (I). On December 3, 2018, Wally was named Chief Canine Officer (CCO) of Echelon Insights. His duties include general morale, treat eating, and greeting visitors.
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- 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.