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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Amber Ott


Founding Partner at

Hudson Pacific

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Greg Holyk


Senior UX Researcher at Google

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Phyllis Mancino


Senior UX Researcher at IBM


Sharyn Silber

Associate Treasurer

Senior Manager of Product Strategy & Portfolio Management at American Express

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Patrick Hoey

Program Chair

Survey Analysis Specialist at Canon USA

2021-2022 Executive Council

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Charlie Rieman

Associate Program Chair

Senior Analytics Manager - Elections Unit at NBC News

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Lea Williams Rose

Communications Chair

Senior Program Evaluator at the NYC Fire Department

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Amanda Marziliano

Associate Communications Chair

Senior Manager, Research & Insights at Fuel Cycle

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Membership Chair

Market Research Consultant at Medpanel, Inc.

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Sehra Eusufzai

Associate Membership Chair

VP Marketing & Communications at Memorial Sloan Kettering

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Kathleen Weldon

Councilor At Large

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

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MJ Emery

Associate Councilor At Large

Managing Partner at Emery Consultants

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Jay Mattlin

Immediate Past President

Media and Marketing Researcher at

JAM Research, LLC

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Data Quality Consultant at Samsung Electronics America

Donato Vaccaro