Sure, we’re not the only research firm out there.

But Jones Mandel is recognized as “best in class” because we offer our clients advice and strategic counsel, not just raw data. We know our clients don’t have the time to connect all the dots themselves, so we pair our research products with ongoing, research-based strategic counsel.

To us, high quality research is not just about finding information, but having the judgment to make connections, identify the most important points and see the big picture. The result is an interactive relationship that helps our clients use research to achieve their goals, whether it’s winning an election, gaining an edge over the competition, influencing policy makers or protecting a reputation.


We have more than 40+ years of combined experience providing high-quality, customized research and competitive intelligence, and unmatched client services.

Through our experience, we’ve learned that no two research projects are alike. At Jones Mandel, we never offer a one-size-fits-all package or follow a generic checklist approach.

We spend time understanding our clients’ goals and challenges so we can design projects that meet each client where they are.



In the scope of work phase, we ask you lots of specific questions, so we can find and prepare the research that will help you succeed.



We deliver Actionable Intelligence. Our research documents are strategic in preparing you for your next move.



We wholeheartedly believe in our clients’ causes, which is why our research and client support is second to none.

On-going client support and strategic advice is the heart of our company.


What Drives Our Work?


Political Intelligence

  • President Barack Obama
  • Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • North Carolina Democratic Party

  • Democratic Party of Virginia
  • Florida Democratic Party
  • Washington State Democrats
  • EMILY’s List

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA)
  • Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC)
  • Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA)
  • Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA)
  • DGA Super PAC for Gov. Dan Malloy (D-CT)
  • DGA Super PAC for Gov. Jim Justice (D-WV)
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Super PAC for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
  • Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10)
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
  • Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-02)
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
  • Rep. Tim Walz (MN-01)
  • Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
  • Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
  • Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
  • Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA)
  • Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D-PA)
  • Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D-WA)
  • Treasurer Joe Torsella (D-PA)
  • Mayor Levar Stoney (Richmond, VA)
  • Mayor Ed Murray (Seattle, WA)
  • Public Advocate Letitia James (New York, NY)

Competitive Intelligence

  • Google
  • Puget Sound Energy

  • 7-Eleven

  • Communications Workers of America
  • American Medical Response
  • Environmental Defense Fund

  • The Atlantic Foundation

  • The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Assoc.

We lead; others follow.

We’re constantly honing our offerings given the changing needs of modern-day campaigns, organizations and corporations. We deliver smart research in a format our clients can immediately use. The old research model was to develop a hefty research book and hand it off with a handshake and a smile. Not us. At Jones Mandel, we go steps beyond delivering raw data.

Meet the Key Members of the Jones Mandel Team

Benjamin Jones
Benjamin JonesCEO and Partner
Benjamin is the CEO and co-founder of Jones Mandel. Based in Seattle, WA, Jones is a veteran strategist with 23 years of experience working on statewide, Congressional, local and issue campaigns across 46 states from Washington to Maine.

As a consultant, he is passionate about running a great company where employees are empowered, deadlines are met, clients are taken care of and problems are solved. All that + high quality research deliverables.

A native of Georgia, Benjamin worked for a Governor and two Senators in his home state before moving to Washington, DC to complete a masters degree at George Washington University. Post graduate school, Jones stayed in DC for 12 years working at various campaigns and organizations including: MD Governor Parris Glendening, League of Conservation Voters, the DSCC and EMILY’s List. From 2001-2006, Ben split his time between the DSCC and EMILY’s List working to elect Democrats around the country. In both organizations, he ran the research operations, assessed candidates and advised campaigns on management, message and strategy.

Ben started his consulting practice in 2007, first with Hildebrand Tewes, then New Partners and now at Jones Mandel. Across the last 10 years, Ben has built a highly reputable research practice, working for the country’s top Democratic political leaders, national political committees, prominent issue groups, labor unions, high-profile corporations, non-profits and foundations.

Under Ben’s leadership, JM has helped elect six current U.S. Senators, six current Governors, numerous U.S. House Members and many local leaders.

Since 2009, Benjamin has called Seattle home with his wife Alyson, kids and dog Mudd. He has spent a great deal of time researching how much it actually rains in Seattle. Just ask him, he will tell you. Ben holds an MA from George Washington University and a BA from Presbyterian College.

Ian Mandel
Ian MandelCOO and Partner
Ian is a founding partner of Jones Mandel. He has over a decade of experience working in research, communications and message development for political candidates, Democratic Party organizations, corporations and non-profits.

Ian has advised dozens of political and corporate clients, doing political work in more than 30 states and collaborating closely with groups such as the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association. He has helped elect some of the Democratic Party’s top leaders, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

In 2014, Ian was one of the earliest strategists brought on to help former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepare for a 2016 presidential campaign. After a year of overseeing research efforts for Secretary Clinton, Ian interviewed, hired and set up what would become the core of the Clinton campaign’s research department.

In 2015 and 2016, Ian worked closely with the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee on opposition research strategy, designing and overseeing the extensive, nationwide public record research on Donald Trump. Ian and his team investigated nearly every aspect of Donald Trump’s business empire, helping uncover tens-of-thousands of pages of never-before-seen public records used extensively during the campaign. Ian also trained dozens of record collectors dispatched throughout the country to pull court records on Trump and his businesses, an effort unprecedented in its size and scope.

Ian is a veteran of Capitol Hill and EMILY’s List. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Government with honors from Hamilton College. Ian and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Emma Blake
Emma BlakeSenior Associate
Emma conducts research to help clients and campaigns assess vulnerabilities and inform strategy. Previously, Emma worked in Corporate Strategy at Capital One and then spent three months interning for a Democratic House Member on the Hill. Emma grew up just outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a degree in Human Biology & Health Policy. She now lives in the Park View neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Alex Friedman
Alex FriedmanSenior Associate
Alex conducts research on clients and their opponents to help inform campaign strategy. Previously, he interned at the Democratic National Committee for the duration of the 2016 general election and Senator Sherrod Brown. Alex graduated from American University in Washington D.C. with degrees in History and International Studies. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Washington, D.C.
Nate Gilman
Nate GilmanDirector
Nate is an experienced research consultant with experience working with candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and State Legislatures across the country. Through his detailed research, Nate helps our clients identify and craft strong messages and respond to their opposition. In addition to his work with candidates, Nate has helped independent expenditure efforts, non-profits, unions, and advocacy groups use strategic research to assess their vulnerabilities and strengths, and those of their opponents. Nate received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond. He grew up in Cincinnati, OH, and lives in Washington, DC.
Lauren SmithVice President
Lauren is an experienced opposition researcher and vetter. Prior to joining Jones Mandel, she served as the Research Director for the Obama White House’s Office of Presidential Personnel (PPO) from 2015 through 2017. In this capacity, she helped vet individuals under consideration for high-profile Presidential appointments throughout the federal government and trained PPO staff on background vetting.

In 2014 and 2015, she served as the Deputy Research Director for Rapid Response for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Prior to that, she served as the Northeast Regional Research Analyst for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where she provided strategic research and policy guidance to over 20 top-tier congressional campaigns.

In the 2012 cycle, Lauren served as Deputy Research Director for Tim Kaine’s Senate campaign in Richmond, Virginia. She previously worked for Kaine in the Chairman’s Office at the DNC.

She began her career at Struble Eichenbaum Communications, a media consulting firm that produced television and radio ads for Democratic candidates.

Lauren is excited to be a part of the Jones Mandel team and looks forward to helping elect Democrats.

Emma Stallworthy
Emma StallworthyAssociate
Emma conducts opposition and self research for clients to help guide campaign strategy and messaging. Previously, Emma worked with the Citizen Participation team at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, and interned at a research institute in Buenos Aires and an immigrant advocacy nonprofit in Seattle. Emma graduated from Middlebury College in 2017 with a degree in Political Science. She is from Bainbridge Island, Washington and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Lisa Swanson
Lisa SwansonSenior Associate
Lisa provides clients with political intelligence to identify the facts, figures and information needed to produce clear and factual message narratives. Her work helps our clients such as – Democrats running for office or progressive issue groups – outline the facts for their message and helps inform their campaign strategy.

Lisa previously worked as a Communication Associate at an education nonprofit and interned for Rep. Duckworth and Senator Durbin. Originally from Illinois, Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Evan Cook
Evan CookAssociate
Evan does opposition and issue research to help our clients gain an edge. Evan is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, where he received his Masters of Public Policy.

He has previously interned for US Senator Bob Casey’s foreign policy staff and at the US Treasury’s international finance department, where he worked in the Europe & Eurasia office. He is a 2016 graduate of Gannon University, where he received bachelor’s degrees in history and political science. He grew up in Canton, Ohio but now lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Elizabeth Nadler
Elizabeth NadlerAssociate
Elizabeth conducts self and opposition research for clients, helping them assess their strengths and target their opponents’ political weaknesses. She previously worked for Duke University and was a fellow with the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign and Abdul Rahman Al-Hajj School in Haifa, Israel.

Additionally, Elizabeth has interned for Rock The Vote, The TEAM, and Adalah: The Legal Center For Arab Minority Rights In Israel. She graduated from Duke University with a double major in English literature and German, and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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