Alex Braun

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Managing Director
Washington, D.C.

abraun@skdknick.com

Alex Braun is an award-winning strategist advising on research-based communication for political, corporate and nonprofit clients. He is Managing Director at SKDK, where he founded and leads research and international political practices.

Besides his domestic political work, such as his engagement in the Biden 2020 campaign, Alex has unique international expertise having worked with dozens of presidents, prime ministers and other high-level political clients around the globe. His clients included prime ministers in the United Kingdom, India, and Croatia, as well as presidents in the US, Mexico or the Philippines. In addition to polling, Alex typically advises on strategy, communications and management.

Forbes magazine called him a “campaign magician” in 2013. A year later the American Association of Political Consultants named him International Campaign Consultant of the Year, and the following year inducted him among its “40 under 40.” He also won Reeds and Polaris awards for his later campaign work. Alex is an alumnus of Aspen Young Leaders and American Council of Young Political Leaders programs. He has co-authored two books, spoken at conferences and taught university courses on research and strategy around the globe.

As a leading expert in polling and market research, Alex specializes in translating complex studies into stories and actionable recommendations. He has conducted hundreds of polls, focus groups and other research instruments dealing with message testing, competitive positioning, brand architecture, and audience segmentation. His research helped prominent foundations and issue advocacy organizations, and his corporate clients have included Fortune 500 corporations such as Microsoft, Pfizer, IBM, Ford and Comcast.

Prior to joining SKDK, Alex spent more than a decade at Penn Schoen Berland, a top communications and polling firm in New York and Washington DC, most recently as its senior vice president. His earlier professional experience includes journalism and public relations.

Alex was a Fulbright scholar and holds an MA in political campaign management from New York University, an MA in international relations from Central European University in Budapest, and a BA in the same field from Charles University in Prague.