Our Team Leaders

Doug Schoen

Douglas E. Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over forty years, creating winning messages, building and executing campaigns, and providing strategic advice to political and corporate clients both in the United States and around the world.

Schoen has served as pollster to Mayor Mike Bloomberg since 2000, and was the principal research consultant and strategist for Bloomberg in each of his three campaigns.

Prior to founding his current firm, Schoen was a founding partner and principal strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland. He is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling.

Schoen was named Pollster of the Year in 1996 by the American Association of Political Consultants. Schoen was President William Jefferson Clinton’s research and strategic consultant during the 1996 reelection, and has been widely credited with creating and effectively communicating the message that turned around the President’s political fortunes between 1994 and 1996.

His political clients have included Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), New Jersey Governor and Senator Jon Corzine, Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh, and his corporate clients have included Walmart, AOL Time Warner, Procter & Gamble and AT&T. Internationally, he has worked for the heads of states of over 15 countries, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and three Israeli Prime Ministers.

Schoen helped introduce Victor Pinchuk, Ukraine oligarch, financier, and former member of Parliament, to philanthropic and political groups that have made him an international figure who now serves on the boards of the Peterson Center for International Economics, the International Crisis Group and the Clinton Foundation.

Schoen is the author of fifteen books and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, NY Daily News, and various other newspaper and online publications. He is also a Fox News Contributor, making appearances on various news programs daily.

Schoen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and holds a degree from Harvard Law School as well as a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. He has lectured at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Carly Cooperman

Carly Cooperman is a seasoned political consultant and communications strategist with deep experience advising corporate, political and non-profit clients across the globe.

Cooperman is a Partner at Schoen Consulting, where she leads the firm’s polling and research division, and manages the overall design, execution and analysis of polling, strategic research initiatives, and message consulting.  A senior strategist for former New York City mayor, Mike Bloomberg, Cooperman has led the polling initiatives for Bloomberg’s SuperPAC, Independence USA, since its inception in 2012.

In 2018, Cooperman oversaw IUSA’s efforts to help Democrats win control of Congress, determining 24 districts for engagement. Twenty-one of the 24 candidates backed by Independence USA won their races, 15 of which were women. Under Cooperman’s leadership, the firm predicted the electoral outcome in the target districts with 92% accuracy.

Cooperman has conducted polls for hundreds of political races and initiatives in all fifty states and has served as an advisor for numerous political candidates and campaigns, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor and Senator Jon Corzine, and Senator Angus King. An expert in corporate brand, customer acquisition and reputation development, Cooperman has also advised a range of companies including Apple, HBO, VICE, Snapchat, Walmart, GlaxoSmithKline, Margaritaville, Major League Baseball, and Citizens Bank. Her non-profit and issue advocacy clients include the Walton Family Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, StudentsFirst and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

A frequent panelist on Hill.TV’s political opinion show, “What America’s Thinking”, Cooperman has also contributed articles to Politico, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Rasmussen Reports and Real Clear Politics. Cooperman serves on the board of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and is a magna cum laude graduate of The George Washington University with honors distinction.

Arielle Confino
Senior Vice President

Arielle Confino serves as Senior Vice President at Schoen Consulting. Confino is experienced in developing and refining targeted messaging, communications, and marketing strategies for political campaigns, advocacy efforts, and corporate marketing initiatives. Confino’s expertise in survey research and political strategy extends across Central and Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the United States.

Confino has worked on behalf of municipal, state, national, and international political clients, including New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and India’s BJP Party, as well as multinational corporate clients, including Comcast, Boeing, Toyota, Ford, Sonic Drive-In, Panera, and Margaritaville.

In addition to her work with Schoen Consulting, Confino is a co-founder of Girls Learn International, which educates and energizes students in the global movement for young women’s’ access to education. Confino also dedicates her energy to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Confino holds a BA in Political Science and Government from The George Washington University.

Ken O’Brien
Senior Strategist

Ken O’Brien is a Strategist with Schoen Consulting. O’Brien conducts quantitative and qualitative research for a range of political, corporate, and nonprofit clients, with experience throughout the United States and in more than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Israel, and China. He specializes in communications research and message development, as well as digital media strategy. O’Brien holds a BA in Economics and Government from Georgetown University.