Peter D. Hart
Geoffrey Garin is the president of Hart Research Associates, one of the nation's leading survey research firms. He became president of Hart Research in 1984, after having worked in the firm since 1978 as a senior analyst and vice president.
Mr. Garin has undertaken landmark policy research for many of the nation’s leading foundations and educational institutions on a wide variety of issues, including global health, school reform, college affordability, health care reform, global climate change, and federal fiscal policy. His clients for this research include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mott Foundation, Harvard University, and the College Board.
Leading progressive organizations, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress, rely on Mr. Garin for strategic research and analysis. He has longstanding relationships with the American Federation of Teachers, the Service Employees International Union, and other labor unions. He also has conducted reputational and policy research for leading trade associations in health care, finance, and other sectors, and has worked extensively in the energy sector for Exelon, Duke Energy, and other leading energy companies.
In politics, Mr. Garin has a well-earned reputation for helping candidates win in difficult circumstances. Mr. Garin has directed the polling and created winning campaign strategies for many of the leading Democrats serving in the U.S. Senate, including Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Mark Warner, Dianne Feinstein, Jay Rockefeller, Patrick Leahy, Max Baucus, Ben Cardin, and Bernie Sanders. In 2008, he helped direct the strategy team for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign during its final two months, and in 2012 he served as the pollster and strategic advisor to Priorities USA, the super PAC supporting President Obama’s reelection. He and his partner Fred Yang were the pollsters for Terry McAuliffe’s successful gubernatorial campaign in Virginia.
Mr. Garin graduated from Harvard College. He is married to Deborah Berkowitz, an expert in occupational safety and health, and is the father of two sons, Andy and Danny.