: Politics and Advocacy Analyst

We are a leading data analytics company that services some of the largest political, advocacy, and commercial organizations in the country. Applecart has led polling, targeting, and analytics efforts for Presidential campaigns, major ballot initiatives, Congressional races and campaigns at every level of the ballot. In order to help organizations that don’t often have the benefit of a large grassroots following or clear demographic coalitions on their side, we developed the Social Graph -- a database that identifies more than 17 billion social relationships between over 250 million Americans. We have developed a series of proprietary data products that use the Social Graph to help various candidates, causes, and companies counterbalance their opposition through innovative targeting, polling, and voter mobilization tools. 

About the Role

As a Data Analyst on our Politics and Advocacy team, you will meaningfully contribute to polling, targeting, and analytics efforts on behalf of some of the country’s most prominent political campaigns, independent expenditure efforts, trade associations, and corporations. In this role you would sit at the nexus of big data, polling, and microtargeting, and deliver individual-level targeting recommendations in report and raw dataset form. You would work with a talented team of political strategists, data scientists, and data analysts who, together, impact elections and policy outcomes for Applecart’s high profile clients. This position reports to the VP of Analytics. 

What You’ll Do

  • Work quickly and fluently in SQL to assess, ingest, and transform raw datasets into digestible analytics reports
  • Partner with data scientists to build predictive models using Applecart’s social graph, demographic, and political behavior datasets
  • Collaborate with political strategists and other data analysts to translate findings from data analysis into reports that are digestible for non-technical, client audiences
  • Build audiences for targeting with specific campaign messaging that will drive maximum ROI with limited campaign resources
  • Problem-solve creatively to provide ongoing support to campaigns on tight timelines
  • Perform quality assurance on large datasets and resulting analyses
  • Directly impact product development by providing feedback on existing Applecart infrastructure, prototyping new solutions to client problems, and analyzing new datasets

Who You Are


  • 1-3 years of work experience in data analysis
  • Proficiency in Powerpoint and Excel
  • Proficiency in SQL or another programming language (e.g. R, Python)
  • Experience and success at managing multiple tight timelines while maintaining a cool confidence
  • Outstanding attention to detail that means taking the quality of work personally
  • Strong interest in or passion for politics, the legislative process, technology, data analytics, and data science
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience producing intuitive, client-ready data reports and visualizations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in advocacy, public affairs, political campaigns, public policy, product marketing, market research, or marketing analytics
  • History of being a self-starter
  • Expertise in SQL
  • Experience with Spark, Python, and/or predictive modeling

More About Applecart

Beyond our robust political and advocacy business, we are a venture-backed technology company that has received significant funding from everyone from global sports and entertainment leader, William Morris Endeavor to senior executives at Twitter and Yelp. Over nearly 7 years of operating, we have powered some of the most sophisticated and successful political and advocacy campaigns in the country. These have ranged from Gov. John Kasich’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and Rep. Conor Lamb’s surprise 2018 special election victory to working with Boeing, Blackstone, KKR, and several of the largest bipartisan education reform organizations in the United States. Our work has been featured by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, USA Today, Politico, and The Colbert Report.


Employee Testimonials

Danny Vilela
Data Scientist

"At Applecart, no two problems are the same. As data scientists, this means we take inspiration from cutting-edge research, prototype minimum viable solutions, and design custom implementations that are performant at scale. Our culture is incredibly collaborative and strongly encourages growth, so we’re always trading ideas with and receiving constructive criticism from other data scientists and engineers."

D. Clay Hambrick, PhD
Senior Software Engineer & Architect

"At Applecart, I get to work every day right at the intersection of data engineering and data science: architecting and coding scalable data pipelines while making dozens of data-driven decisions around data schemas, feature engineering, entity resolution and more. Coming from Google, I appreciate the dynamic, fast-paced startup culture and the high level of autonomy & ownership I have over my work."