Rob Eberhardt - Partner
Rob grew up in Houston, Texas, where he went to a nationally recognized magnet school specializing in math, science and technology. He quickly realized engineering wasn’t his passion and graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas, where he was president of his fraternity, served on the Communication Council and made the dean’s list. As a junior in college in the summer of 2002, Rob got an internship position at Stanford Research, where he quickly discovered his fascination with research.
Rob has now overseen all research that has come out of the Austin office for five years, serving hundreds of political campaigns in 42 states along with various interest groups, super PACs and corporate clients.
Rob’s research has been featured in local and national papers, including the Wall Street Journal. He has taught opposition research techniques at a seminar for Democracy for Texas.
Sonia Van Meter - Partner
Sonia is a cum laude graduate of Georgia State University where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. She moved to Austin in 2003 to attend graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin but soon found she preferred activism to academia. Following a stint in sales for a major liquor distributor, she joined Stanford Campaigns in March 2009 and quickly found a professional home.
With no professional experience in politics, Sonia took the helm of the firm’s business operations and steered the operation to more solid financial footing with acumen gleaned from her years in the liquor industry. A decade of experience with sales, brand management, and networking taught her valuable lessons that she brought with her to Stanford Campaigns—keep the client happy, smile no matter what, and always get the money up front.
Meredith Fickel - VP OF OPERATIONS
Joining Stanford Campaigns in January of 2017, Meredith brings several years of on the ground campaign experience to the firm, including voter registration efforts, organization and planning for major fundraising events, and direct contact with donors and potential voters for campaigns including Bill White’s 2010 run for Texas governor, the Obama re-election campaign of 2012, and State Rep. Mark Strama’s many campaigns. Her most valuable lesson from these experiences has been learning how to not take cold call phone hang-ups personally.
Meredith previously worked as a legal assistant for a bankruptcy law firm, honing her office management and legal research skills, before joining Stanford Campaigns. As VP of Operations, she immediately tackled several organizational obstacles and streamlined operations processes, firmly establishing herself as an “efficiency expert” for the firm. She also performs client research and manages special projects ranging from event planning to client database management.
Meredith graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M in 2015. When she’s not fighting the good fight for Democrats at her desk, she’s spending time with her two dogs or teaching horseback riding lessons.
Paul Vasey - Research Analyst
Paul received a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College and developed a taste for research after spending two years assisting the department chair with a book project on the transformation of war. After moving to New York in 2009, Paul worked briefly on Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign before spending several years as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Immunology at Memorial Sloan –Kettering Cancer Center.
Paul joined Stanford Campaigns in April 2014.
In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing jazz guitar and dominating his fantasy football leagues.
CASEY PRICHARD - RESEARCH ANALYST
Casey grew up in Houston, graduating from Klein Collins in 2007. He graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in Political Science. Shortly after graduating and being unsure of how best to apply his degree, he joined the Sarah Eckhardt campaign in 2013. Since then, he has worked for a dozen Democratic candidates, largely specializing in field work, sometimes as far away as the backwoods of Montana, against Republicans prone to beating up national reporters.
Casey joined Stanford Campaigns in the spring of 2018.
When he’s not working for Democratic candidates, he enjoys playing soccer, traveling, reading, and exploring Austin with friends. His excessive taco eating is an area of great concern to his girlfriend.
COLE WILSON - RESEARCH ANALYST
Cole graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in History and American Studies in December 2016. After graduating, he spent a year in New York as a College Access Specialist with the nonprofit Boys Hope Girls Hope. He worked in the 85th Texas Legislature representing organizations like the Texas Humane Society, Texas Teaching Hospitals, Texas Taxi Union, and the Texas Wildlife Society. He has worked with Project Vote Smart, Young Invisibles, and helped develop an online archive on Gov. Bill Clements with The Dolph Briscoe Center at UT.
Cole joined Stanford Campaigns in the summer of 2018.
When he’s not in the office, Cole can be found on stages across Austin playing the drums, writing spare articles for various publishers, or hiking somewhere well outside of the state.