Axis Research’s founding principal, Brenda Wigger Gianiny, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of public opinion research with nearly two decades of experience honed at the highest levels of corporate America and Republican political campaigns.
Using her background, experience and degree in mathematics, Brenda has worked with a wide range of both political and corporate clients to help them achieve success.
Known for maintaining strict client and data confidentiality, Brenda has worked with campaigns ranging from presidential and the US Senate, including serving as the primary polling contact for the George W. Bush White House and the Bush-Cheney `04 re-election campaign, to local races for state legislative office and mayor. Brenda also has over fifteen years of experience in public policy direction and corporate market insight helping companies like Walmart, Philip Morris and associations like PhRMA chart success. Whether it’s a local ballot initiative or campaigning for the highest office in the land, Brenda brings the same motivation and enthusiasm to each fight – helping you win.
By becoming an integrated member of these teams, and not “just another vendor” providing numbers and charts, Brenda provides the research and insight to support the highest-level decisions. The result is a data-driven strategy by a trusted partner to help reach goals and maximize political and corporate reputations.
Blake Moore is a Senior Research Analyst with Axis Research, a polling and consulting firm located in Alexandria, VA. Blake contributes to the development and completion of projects by assisting in questionnaire development, programming databases, conducting data analysis, and preparing final summaries for clients.
Prior to working with Axis, Blake gained first-hand experience in the political process through two internships with a presidential and gubernatorial campaign in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region, concentrating in communications and voter engagement. Additionally, he interned for the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he provided research and administrative support.
Blake graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Government and History. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. While at William and Mary, Blake also served as an editorial board member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics.
Natalie is a Research Assistant at Axis Research, specializing in survey design, analysis, and presentation. Natalie brings her enthusiasm for data and helping to present data in a meaningful and easy-to-digest format, to Axis and Axis’ clients. Through rigorous statistical analysis and careful evaluation of findings and trends, Natalie helps to communicate big data into actionable solutions. As someone with a natural curiosity and a desire to keep learning, Natalie approaches every client with a true eagerness to solve problems and drive success.
Prior to joining Axis, Natalie gained exposure to a variety of research methodologies through her tenure as Senior Development Associate at Hanover Research, where she uncovered key challenges in the higher education space, initiated targeted outreach to a territory of over 500 accounts, and presented custom research solutions to higher education executives. Her dedicated work significantly contributed to the growth of the company.
She also interned in the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy Program at World Business Chicago, where she provided research for projects related to workforce development, urban planning, and small business growth.
Natalie graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Violin Performance. She currently enjoys playing with regional orchestras, including the Avanti Orchestra, Capital City Symphony, and Fairfax Symphony.
Renaissance Man / Office Manager
In my view, professional success and accomplishment is built upon finding passion and excitement in every day. At work I find it in routers, servers, IT platforms and wiring diagrams. I love to talk new technology, infrastructure and facilities. If it can be built, transmitted, pulverized, connected or configured; you have my attention.
I am happiest troubleshooting problems and implementing ideas. I manage Axis Research with any eye toward helping it grow, providing a stable environment and just enough oversight to let the team create, analyze, and map the strategies that they do best. My philosophy is simple: In work that spans from a big PR powerhouse to a small but mighty start-ups, my focus is on maximizing efficiencies and increasing flexibility, and always seeking opportunity.
I know a little about a lot and I never stop absorbing knowledge. So if you have an idea or want an open ear (did I mention a minor in HR labor relations and personnel management?), my quadrant at Axis Research is the right place.