About Us

Who We Are

The New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR) is a thriving intellectual community of people engaged in methods, applications, and findings from public opinion research. Comprised of people involved in both academic and commercial research, NYAAPOR offers members and the research community at large an opportunity to discuss and debate methodological, ethical, and substantive issues related to a broad range of research topics.

Our History

A group of long-standing AAPOR members involved in commercial and academic research in the New York area founded the New York Chapter in 1979. Their motive was simply to meet more frequently for intellectual and professional discourse than was feasible through a national organization. They wanted what AAPOR offered, but more of it, more frequently.

From a circle of less than a dozen people, NYAAPOR has grown to an organization of about 250 members from all realms of public opinion and marketing research. Members come from large commercial research suppliers, advertising and PR agency research units, network polling units, small entrepreneurial firms, various government agencies, and academe. This diverse membership base is encouraged by an Executive Council whose elected leadership includes both commercial and non-commercial representatives.

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Jay Mattlin


Media and Marketing Researcher at

JAM Research, LLC

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Amber Ott


Researcher, Analyst & Partner at

Hudson Pacific

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Tracy Goodwin


Research Analyst at Girl Scout Research Institute

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Phyllis Mancino

Associate Treasurer

Senior UX Researcher at IBM

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Greg Holyk

Program Chair

Senior UX Researcher at Google

2020-2021 Executive Council

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Patrick Hoey

Associate Program Chair

Survey Analysis Specialist at

Canon USA

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MJ Emery

Communications Chair

Managing Partner at Emery Consultants

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Lea Williams Rose

Associate Communications Chair

Senior Program Evaluator at the NYC Fire Department

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Amanda Marziliano

Membership Chair

Senior Account Manager CX at

Ipsos North America

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Michael McGuigan

Associate Membership Chair

Market Research Consultant at

Medpanel, Inc.

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Donato Vaccaro

Councilor At Large

Data Quality Consultant at

Samsung Electronics America

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Kathleen Weldon

Associate Councilor At Large

Director of Data Operations and Communications at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

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Randal Ries

Immediate Past President

Principal at

IBM Market Development & Insights