Genny Mayhew

Genny Mayhew is Senior Campaigns Strategist for Data Analytics at the National Education Association. Previously, she led the AFL-CIO Analytics team, providing strategic guidance around polling, message testing, predictive modeling, micro and macro targeting, and experiments for the Federation and its affiliates. Prior to the AFL-CIO, Genny was the Polling Center Manager and State Political Data Director for the New York State United Teachers where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the polling center as well as managing and administering the statewide political databases. While there, she pioneered and maintained a data training program for local affiliates and staff.

Genny has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in American Politics and Political Methodology. Her research interests include mass political behavior, field experiments, convenience voting reforms, and election administration. Her first co-authored paper, “Voter Mobilization Meets eGovernment: Turnout and Voting by Mail From Online or Paper Ballot Request”, appeared in the Journal of Political Marketing in September of 2015. She has presented research at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference, the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, and various Analyst Institute Meetings and Retreats.

In her spare time, Genny enjoys volunteering with a DC-based club volleyball team as a coach (and occasionally playing), listening to live music, and traveling.


Carter Kalchik

Carter Kalchik is Senior Strategist at the AFL-CIO, leading the analytics, survey, and data science programs of the Federation. Before returning to the AFL-CIO, Carter was Director of Analytics for The Messina Group, providing custom data science solutions to non-profits, political campaigns and industry around the world.

Carter has worked in progressive political data and technology since 2009. He served in senior data management roles at the Ohio and Colorado Democratic Parties from 2009 to 2011 before joining the Obama re-election campaign as Data Director in Virginia. In 2013, Carter joined the AFL-CIO Analytics team as an analyst and eventually co-led the team. Carter was first exposed to the progressive data community at NOI’s Data Bootcamp in 2010 and has regularly returned as a trainer and coach.

Carter loves horror movies of all kinds and regularly writes reviews of them at, co-hosts an entertainment podcast and builds at least one Lego set a year. You can find some examples of them on his desk.