About Stefan Hankin
Stefan Hankin is the founder and president of Lincoln Park Strategies. With over a decade of experience in market research, working with clients at all levels of politics, as well as the non-profit and corporate world, Stefan’s expertise on positioning his clients to succeed across all demographic and ideological groups serves as the hallmark of his work.
Since founding Lincoln Park Strategies, Stefan has led research efforts for political candidates running for Congress, Governor, Attorney General, and Mayor, as well as candidates on the state legislative level. In 2012, Stefan was part of many successful campaigns across the country including advising David Grosso’s historic win for an At-Large Seat on the Washington, DC City Council as well as helping the Maine Democratic Party become one of only two states to win back both chambers of their state legislature.
Prior to starting Lincoln Park Strategies, Stefan served as a lead pollster for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, focusing on the primaries in South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Before working for the Obama Campaign, he conducted research for the Democratic National Committee and Governor Howard Dean informing the much heralded “50-State Plan,” which turned into the blueprint for the Democratic Party’s success in 2006 and 2008.
Stefan’s research and analysis has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor as well as political outlets such as Politico and National Journal. He has also appeared on numerous radio and TV programs including WJLA’s Nightly News, CSpan, ABCNews’ Topline, and CTV Televisions’ Question Period discussing his research and opinions.
Over the years, Stefan has built relationships with many clients outside of the political sphere, working on message-driven communication campaigns for a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to trade associations, non-profits, industry groups and colleges and universities.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Stefan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and now resides with his wife and two daughters in Washington, DC. He also is a board member of Mobilize.org a DC based non-profit and sits on the planning committee for the Capital Area Food Bank’s Blue Jeans Ball.