Joshua Ulibarri - Partner

Joshua Ulibarri is a partner at Lake Research Partners.

In 2018, Joshua was recognized as the 2018 Pollster of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). The APPC’s Campaign Excellence Awards are largely known as the political-consultant industry’s highest honors and recognize consultants who have contributions to significant electoral wins, advancement of important causes or handling of meaningful public affairs campaigns.

Ulibarri’s selection is historic as he is the first Latino pollster to win the award.

Ulibarri’s polling, and LRP’s work in 2017 was historic by any standard. Ulibarri and his team were the only polling firm for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus in 2015 and 2017. In 2017, Democrats flipped 15 seats from red to blue and did not lose a single Democratic seat. The wins included sending 12 women to the Assembly, the first two Latinas, the first two Asian Pacific Islanders, the first lesbian, and the first out-transgender woman ever elected to a state legislature in United States history. Ulibarri and his team polled more than 20 districts, completed more than 40 surveys and reached more than 12,000 voters. In addition to being the sole pollster for the House Caucus, Ulibarri polls for four of the 19 Virginia Democratic State Senators.

In 2016, Ulibarri and his team elected a new Sheriff and District Attorney in Harris County, Texas and polled for the three-million-dollar independent expenditure campaign against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona. Ulibarri’s issue work covers an impressive range of issues, including racial and LGBT equality, public education, poverty, health and science, responsible gun ownership, young voters, humane treatment of animals, and jury research. Known as a leading researcher among his generation of consultants, he is among the best methodologists and moderators in the field, and a sought-after Latino voice in progressive politics. He has particular experience working with organizations involved in registering, organizing, motivating, and turning out less likely voters, including The Latino Policy Coalition, the National Council of La Raza, the We Are America Alliance and Rock the Vote. Ulibarri has also polled for political campaigns, including U.S. Senator Jon Tester and several members of Congress, including Sheila Jackson Lee, Gerry Connolly, Andre Carson, and Ruben Gallego.

Having grown up in Kearns, Utah, Joshua now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Utah and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.


Listen to Josh discuss how Virginia victories can apply to 2018. 

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Joshua Ulibarri personifies the credibility, integrity and professionalism of Lake Research Partners, and the consulting, polling and analytical work that the entire LRP staff is capable of doing…breaking complex data into understandable language, and using innovative methodologies that are scientifically-based…[T]hey employ their expertise as a means to pursue a cause, and are an invaluable resource in assuring that the voices of the common people are heard…Josh and LRP are an inextricable part of PEN’s impact."
Arnold F. Fege, Director of Public Engagement and Advocacy, Public Education Network, Washington, DC