About Us

Pechter Polls of Princeton (P3) collects data from specialized populations in denied areas in order to measure their attitudes, test strategies, and forecast behaviors. It uses local, trusted interlocutors to collect the data, and survey methodologies that the health community pioneered to reach difficult-to-access populations such as drug users and HIV carriers. Its approach is normally unobtrusive—not traceable back to the client.

 

 Adam M. Pechter – President & CEO

Adam M. Pechter founded and remains CEO of P3.  A different kind of pollster, Adam has:

* the practical sensibility of the campaign strategist he has been and the lawyer he remains—so he does everything that he can to ensure that his firm’s opinion research projects are useful to clients

* the cultural sensitivity of one who speaks Arabic and did an advanced degree in Middle East Studies—so his firm’s studies have to make sense in the society in which they are carried out, and

* the precision that his mathematics-trained ancestors would respect—so he does his utmost to ensure that the projects he is engaged in fully meet the established methodological standards of the official, opinion research industry.

A graduate of Yale College and Vanderbilt Law School, Adam also holds an advanced degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he conducted research and wrote on Arab opinion polling. Before founding P3, Adam’s experience included his role as policy director of a winning New Jersey gubernatorial campaign and a four-year tenure as the COO of the New Jersey Commerce Department.

Adam has overseen more opinion research projects on hard-to-reach populations of interest to Five Eye governments than any other American over the last seven years.  He has lectured on the subject of survey research in fragile states at the US Army War College, Naval Postgraduate School, Joint Special Operations University, NATO School, Yale and Princeton, as well as many US and Five Eye government agencies.

 

Mouaz Moustafa – Consultant on Syria

Mouaz Moustafa was born and raised in Damascus, Syria before moving to the US as a teenager. He is the executive director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), political director of the United For a Free Syria (UFS), as well as a board member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS). A former staffer for Congressman Vic Snyder and Senator Blanche Lincoln, Mr. Moustafa spent four and half years working in Congress before leaving to work briefly with Egyptian opposition. Mr. Moustafa also worked with the Libyan Revolution, where, during this time, he served as the executive director of the Libyan Council of North America (LCNA), political director of the Libyan Emergency Task Force (LETF), and worked closely with top officials within the Transitional National Council (TNC). Mr. Moustafa joined SEFT in the fall of 2011 to help advocate on behalf of the pro-democracy movement in his native Syria. He boasts an extensive network of Syrian activists, opposition figures, and FSA commanders with whom he is in regular contact.

Dr. David Pollock – Cultural Advisor

Dr. David Pollock is a former Harvard Middle East Studies professor who served as the chief of Near East/South Asia and Africa reseat the US Information Agency (USIA) for over a decade, and later spent nearly two decades at the US State Department–a portion of which he was Middle East regional expert at the Office of Policy Planning. He has written several books on surveying in conflict areas and fragile states, including “Slippery Polls: Uses and Abuses of Opinion Surveys from Arab States,” (2008). He is fluent in Arabic and French, and is proficient in Turkish, Kurdish and Swahili. He holds both a BA and PHD from Harvard.

Dr. Ronald D. Fricker, Jr. – Senior Statistician

Dr. Ronald D. Fricker Jr. was formerly a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) located in Monterey, California. Prior to joining NPS, he was a Senior Statistician at the RAND Corporation and the Associate Director of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD). As the Associate Director, Dr. Fricker was responsible for the operations planning and financial management of an organization that receives over $40 million in annual funding for research. Dr. Fricker holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in statistics from Yale University, an M.S. in Operations Research from the George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, he serves as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. An author of more than 70 papers, monographs, and book chapters, Professor Fricker has published in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Statistics in Medicine, Journal of Quality Technology, Quality Engineering, Information Fusion, Naval Research Logistics, Statistics, Politics, and Policy and the Naval Institute’s Proceedings. Dr. Fricker is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He is a former chair of the Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security (SDNS) of the ASA. Prior to the creation of SDNS, he was a member of the Committee of Statisticians in Defense and National Security, serving as both Chair and Vice Chair.

Harvey Glasgow – Facility Security Officer (FSO)

Harvey Glasgow worked for 18 years as the CFO of Clayton Group, Inc. a wholesale distraction company selling pipe and fittings for underground water and sewer systems (Sales in excess of $100 million) with 15 locations operating in 5 states servicing the Southeastern United States, Central America, and South America. For a decade before that, he spent 10 years as an Independent Consultant to Fortune 500 companies, where he offered specialized audits, forensic accounting, sales tax recovery, and accounts payable audits for overpayments. Before that, he owned and operated a Lumber Yard in Central Florida selling to contractor and the local community. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War with honors.

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