Our Team

Steve Koczela, President   Steve Koczela has grown the organization from its infancy to a nationally known and respected polling provider. During the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, MPG conducted election polling for WBUR, the continuation of an 8-year partnership during which the WBUR poll has become the state’s poll of record. Koczela frequently appears in local, state, and national media outlets discussing polling, politics, and policy. His analysis appears at CNN, WBUR, NHPR, CommonWealth Magazine, and elsewhere.  Prior to founding the MassINC Polling Group, he led survey research programs for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq, in key states for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and conducted surveys and polls on behalf of many private corporations. Koczela is frequent guest on WBUR as well as many other news and talk programs in Massachusetts and elsewhere. His polling analysis is often cited in local, state, and national media outlets. He is past President of the New England Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NEAAPOR) and serves as Associate Editor of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS. He lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

Steve Koczela, President

Steve Koczela has grown the organization from its infancy to a nationally known and respected polling provider. During the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, MPG conducted election polling for WBUR, the continuation of an 8-year partnership during which the WBUR poll has become the state’s poll of record. Koczela frequently appears in local, state, and national media outlets discussing polling, politics, and policy. His analysis appears at CNN, WBUR, NHPR, CommonWealth Magazine, and elsewhere.

Prior to founding the MassINC Polling Group, he led survey research programs for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq, in key states for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and conducted surveys and polls on behalf of many private corporations. Koczela is frequent guest on WBUR as well as many other news and talk programs in Massachusetts and elsewhere. His polling analysis is often cited in local, state, and national media outlets. He is past President of the New England Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NEAAPOR) and serves as Associate Editor of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS. He lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

Rich Parr, Research Director   Rich runs MPG’s office in Western Massachusetts, and contributes a deep familiarity with Massachusetts policies, politics and media, as well as a background in public policy and media. Since joining MPG in 2013, Rich has taken primary responsibility for data processing and contributes to survey and sample design. Rich oversaw data visualization and mapping for WBUR’s Poll Vault during the 2014 election cycle, and he continues to co-author pieces for WBUR, NHPR, and CommonWealth magazine.  Prior to joining MPG, Rich was Policy Director at A Better City, a nonprofit representing Boston-area businesses and institutions on transportation, land development and the environment. In that role Rich became a recognized expert on transportation finance and helped organize a statewide coalition, which succeeded in elevating transportation to a top legislative priority. He launched and edited ABC’s blog and oversaw its social media presence. He is a past member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Legislative Committee and the Boston Bikes Advisory Group.

Rich Parr, Research Director

Rich runs MPG’s office in Western Massachusetts, and contributes a deep familiarity with Massachusetts policies, politics and media, as well as a background in public policy and media. Since joining MPG in 2013, Rich has taken primary responsibility for data processing and contributes to survey and sample design. Rich oversaw data visualization and mapping for WBUR’s Poll Vault during the 2014 election cycle, and he continues to co-author pieces for WBUR, NHPR, and CommonWealth magazine.

Prior to joining MPG, Rich was Policy Director at A Better City, a nonprofit representing Boston-area businesses and institutions on transportation, land development and the environment. In that role Rich became a recognized expert on transportation finance and helped organize a statewide coalition, which succeeded in elevating transportation to a top legislative priority. He launched and edited ABC’s blog and oversaw its social media presence. He is a past member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Legislative Committee and the Boston Bikes Advisory Group.

Maeve Duggan, Research Director  An experienced researcher, Maeve brings expertise in the design, administration, and analysis of surveys, ensuring that public opinion research is accessible and understandable to clients and the public alike.  Maeve started her career at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., where she documented the impact of technology on American society. She’s written extensively on the prevalence and patterns of online harassment, political participation online, social media trends, and the demographics of technology adoption. Maeve joins MPG from Hill Holliday, where she helped national brands uncover consumer insights and formulate data-driven strategies. Her work has been featured in national media outlets, including NPR, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

Maeve Duggan, Research Director

An experienced researcher, Maeve brings expertise in the design, administration, and analysis of surveys, ensuring that public opinion research is accessible and understandable to clients and the public alike.

Maeve started her career at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., where she documented the impact of technology on American society. She’s written extensively on the prevalence and patterns of online harassment, political participation online, social media trends, and the demographics of technology adoption. Maeve joins MPG from Hill Holliday, where she helped national brands uncover consumer insights and formulate data-driven strategies. Her work has been featured in national media outlets, including NPR, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

 
Llyr Johansen, Media Director   As Media Director, Llyr Johansen leads the development and execution of content production, media strategy and messaging for MPG. An expert in digital storytelling, he brings nearly a decade of experience, having worked as a production professional on some of Hollywood’s biggest films, commercials and PSAs. Llyr’s portfolio is comprehensive having effectively implemented media messaging, communications, digital strategy campaigns and outreach for organizations involved in criminal justice reform, education, economic development, creative place making, and more. In his role as Media Director, he oversees the MPG team responsible for developing effective media strategies that serve to advance their clients’ efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of creative content and media communication.  A Boulder native, Llyr holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Llyr Johansen, Media Director

As Media Director, Llyr Johansen leads the development and execution of content production, media strategy and messaging for MPG. An expert in digital storytelling, he brings nearly a decade of experience, having worked as a production professional on some of Hollywood’s biggest films, commercials and PSAs. Llyr’s portfolio is comprehensive having effectively implemented media messaging, communications, digital strategy campaigns and outreach for organizations involved in criminal justice reform, education, economic development, creative place making, and more. In his role as Media Director, he oversees the MPG team responsible for developing effective media strategies that serve to advance their clients’ efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of creative content and media communication.

A Boulder native, Llyr holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Libby Gormley, Research Associate   Libby Gormley is a research associate for the MassINC Polling Group and a producer for The Horse Race, Gateways and The Codcast podcasts.  A native of Dartmouth Massachusetts, she received a Bachelor's in journalism at Elon University. After graduating, Libby interned at WBEZ Chicago, helping produce a nationally broadcast radio show and podcast about music called Sound Opinions.  Prior to MPG she worked as a marketing and podcaster relations associate at RadioPublic, a podcast listening platform and service that helps podcasters engage and grow their audiences and increase their show’s discoverability. She also served as a freelance reporter for a podcast called Backyard Cambridge, covering housing, local effects of climate change and early childhood education in Cambridge, as well as the 2018 midterm election ballot questions in Massachusetts.

Libby Gormley, Research Associate

Libby Gormley is a research associate for the MassINC Polling Group and a producer for The Horse Race, Gateways and The Codcast podcasts.

A native of Dartmouth Massachusetts, she received a Bachelor's in journalism at Elon University. After graduating, Libby interned at WBEZ Chicago, helping produce a nationally broadcast radio show and podcast about music called Sound Opinions.

Prior to MPG she worked as a marketing and podcaster relations associate at RadioPublic, a podcast listening platform and service that helps podcasters engage and grow their audiences and increase their show’s discoverability. She also served as a freelance reporter for a podcast called Backyard Cambridge, covering housing, local effects of climate change and early childhood education in Cambridge, as well as the 2018 midterm election ballot questions in Massachusetts.