Mike Yelovich, experienced political and nonprofit strategist, is Polling Director at Cygnal. Previously, Mike served as Research Director at another top-tier GOP polling and data firm. His past work also includes time with the American Conservation Coalition and the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus. He has worked with dozens of emerging nonprofits across the country and hundreds of campaigns on the local, state, and federal levels. Yelovich is experienced in survey methodology, fielding, weighting, and analyzing survey data for political, non-profit, and corporate market research. He also brings polling and data experience from his time at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. During the 2018 cycle, Yelovich worked to elect conservatives to the Illinois State House and Senate on over one dozen campaigns. After 2018, he moved to DC to work for a top-tier GOP polling and data firm, leading their Research Department, which was responsible for providing data for some of the largest and closely watched races in the country. Among these races, the successful Youngkin gubernatorial campaign in Virginia. Mike Yelovich is a graduate of Marist College with a degree in Political Science and Business Administration. Originally from Chicago, he now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. His pastimes include traveling, volunteering, and hunting down his next iced coffee.
Do you have any skills or talents that people don’t know about?
I used to sing in an all-male collegiate a cappella group. Don’t ask me to sing though, I am still not sure how I got in.
What was your first job?
My first job was working as a cashier and a butcher at my local grocery store. I ended up working my way to a managerial position before I was 17.
Who is someone you admire?
I admire both of my parents. Their parenting helped me get to where I am today, and I wish more kids today had parents like mine who’d inspire unwavering work ethic, grit, and determination to do good.
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be…
Give me the Force and I would be happy.
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
I care deeply about my clients, and I love ensuring that they are talking to the right voters to win their elections. Data are good to have for any campaign but are even better when I maximize the return on my client's investments.