Our Team

Steve Koczela, President Steve Koczela is the President of The MassINC Polling Group, where he has grown the organization from its infancy to a nationally known and respected polling provider. He has led survey research programs for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq, in key states for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and has conducted surveys and polls on behalf of many private corporations. Koczela brings a deep understanding of the foundations of public opinion and a wide ranging methodological expertise. He earned U.S. Department of State recognition for his leading edge work on sample evaluation in post conflict areas using geospatial systems. 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 currently serves as President of the New England Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NEAAPOR). Koczela holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Research from the University of Wisconsin and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

Steve Koczela, President

Steve Koczela is the President of The MassINC Polling Group, where he has grown the organization from its infancy to a nationally known and respected polling provider. He has led survey research programs for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq, in key states for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and has conducted surveys and polls on behalf of many private corporations. Koczela brings a deep understanding of the foundations of public opinion and a wide ranging methodological expertise. He earned U.S. Department of State recognition for his leading edge work on sample evaluation in post conflict areas using geospatial systems.

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 currently serves as President of the New England Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NEAAPOR). Koczela holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Research from the University of Wisconsin and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

Rich Parr, Research Director Richard Parr is Research Director with The MassINC Polling Group. Rich 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. He uses his background in policy and media to craft and edit analysis memos and reports attuned to the political context and salient issues.  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. He is a member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Legislative Committee and the Boston Bikes Advisory Group, for which MPG has conducted pro-bono analysis. Rich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Harvard College.

Rich Parr, Research Director

Richard Parr is Research Director with The MassINC Polling Group. Rich 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. He uses his background in policy and media to craft and edit analysis memos and reports attuned to the political context and salient issues. 

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. He is a member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Legislative Committee and the Boston Bikes Advisory Group, for which MPG has conducted pro-bono analysis. Rich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Harvard College.

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.

 
Hannah Chanatry, Polling Assistant Hannah Chanatry is a Polling Assistant at MassINC Polling group. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she held internships with the Syracuse Post-Standard and the St. Lawrence University Communications Department; she currently writes on a freelance basis for WBUR’s The ARTery. Prior to joining MassINC, Hannah traveled extensively:  she studied multimedia journalism in Istanbul, Turkey, interned at Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, Italy, and spent a month volunteering on an organic farm outside of Dublin, Ireland. Now she is excited to explore her new home of Somerville, MA.

Hannah Chanatry, Polling Assistant

Hannah Chanatry is a Polling Assistant at MassINC Polling group. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she held internships with the Syracuse Post-Standard and the St. Lawrence University Communications Department; she currently writes on a freelance basis for WBUR’s The ARTery.

Prior to joining MassINC, Hannah traveled extensively:  she studied multimedia journalism in Istanbul, Turkey, interned at Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, Italy, and spent a month volunteering on an organic farm outside of Dublin, Ireland. Now she is excited to explore her new home of Somerville, MA.

Jake Rubinstein , Research Associate Jake Rubinstein is a Research Associate with The MassINC Polling Group. Prior to joining MPG, he completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, where he also completed his undergraduate coursework.

Jake Rubinstein , Research Associate

Jake Rubinstein is a Research Associate with The MassINC Polling Group. Prior to joining MPG, he completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, where he also completed his undergraduate coursework.

Aaron Van Leesten, Digital Content Asssociate In his role as Digital Content Associate, Aaron creates deliverable content for MPG Media’s clients and ensures that it closely adheres to the overarching communications plan and project goals. He also assists  in developing content dissemination and communications strategies that utilize social media and other trending digital  technologies. An experienced camera operator, Aaron is a qualified video editor/animator and an expert with Adobe Creative Suite.

Aaron Van Leesten, Digital Content Asssociate

In his role as Digital Content Associate, Aaron creates deliverable content for MPG Media’s clients and ensures that it closely adheres to the overarching communications plan and project goals. He also assists  in developing content dissemination and communications strategies that utilize social media and other trending digital  technologies. An experienced camera operator, Aaron is a qualified video editor/animator and an expert with Adobe Creative Suite.