Morgan Waters

Experienced political operative with superior organizational and writing skills and outstanding work ethic.


Chicago, IL

OverviewExperienced Research Analyst specialized in compiling and standardizing various data sets into a single researchable database, providing quantitative analysis to assist in Senior Leadership decisions, and explaining the data story to others outside of the research team.

Technical Skills:

  • Nationbuilder/VAN • HTML/CSS
  • PostgreSQL
  • QGIS/Leaflet.js
  • R
  • Vim/Vim-R
  • PostGIS
  • DBVis
  • RedShift
  • Nexis
  • Excel
  • Google Apps Script

June 2016 – Present:
Next Gen Iowa and Illinois – State Data Director
Des Moines, IA/Chicago, IL

  • Created daily reports, secretary-of-state reports, GOTV reports, trainings and analysis for campaign executives.
  • Created video tutorials, in-person and live video tutorials educating campaign workers on Excel, VAN and SQL.
  • Pulled informative data from various sources to help reach prospective voters.
  • Built target universes for two states and maintained an archive of over 48,800 voters committing to voting to help the climate.

2011 – 2016
Memphis Lift – Nation Director of Data and Technology                                                                                         Memphis, Tennessee

  • Founded a national education non-profit advocacy organization from the ground up.
  • Ran a 20-person education campaign in Memphis where we knocked over 10249 doors, held 34 meetings and talked to over 2000 citizens about their children’s education.
  • Created weekly reports, presentations and analysis for campaign executives.
  • Maintains and cleaned a database of 550,000 voters and parents with R, Postgis and PostgreSQL.

Colorado Democratic Party – Deputy Data Director
Denver, Colorado

  • Created daily regional reports, secretary-of-state reports, get-out-the-vote reports in PostgreSQL.
  • Reported on over 5 million contact attempts from a backend database.
  • Ran the campaigns’ auto-dialer, reaching out thousands of voters every week.
  • Created video tutorials, in-person and live video tutorials educating campaign workers on Excel, VAN, QGIS,
  • Geocoded addresses in PostGIS for three million voters.
  • Maintained a database of three million voters for an organization of 60 people and additional volunteers.

Bill Thompson for Mayor – Opposition Researcher
New York, New York

  • Edited 70 gigabytes of video I recorded to best suit the needs of the campaign.
  • Looked though financial records from donors, other candidates, and organizations.

Organizing for America – Field Organizer
Indian Trail, North Carolina

  • Set four offices up from bare walls to optimum functioning to help give the President a fighting chance in NC.
  • Built effective and dynamic teams in tough areas by recruiting and managing hundreds of volunteers.
  • Organized alliances with community organizations and produced several events with more than 100 people.
  • Managed teams which registered nearly 2,100 voters, made more than 300 calls a day and completed approximately 15,000 door knocks in the lead-up to the election.

Obama for America Headquarters – Research and Media Planning Intern
Chicago, IL

New Organizing Institute – Introduction to SQL
Washington, D.C.
April 2014

Indiana University – Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Political Science
Bloomington, Indiana
May 2009

References Available Upon Request