‘Glia’ Adds Prominent Opposition Research Experts

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Top Republican and Democratic Research Pros to Expand Glia’s Robust, Value-Based Research and Analysis of National Brands and Businesses

Glia, empowering consumers to vote with their wallet, added two of the country’s leading opposition and corporate research operatives to their team. Greg Scanlon and Kris Anderson have led the Research Departments of leading Democratic and Republican campaigns and organizations, respectively. Their years of experience on either side of the aisle and analytical discipline will further Glia’s mission to bring real transparency and understanding to how consumers can connect their personal and political views with national brands and local businesses that share their values and beliefs.

“We are incredibly excited to have Kris and Greg on board,” said Glia Co-Founder Chris Rappley. “People of their caliber don’t come along every day, and further our commitment to research without a political slant. With Greg and Kris, we are well on our way to ending the data divide that favored businesses for too long at the expense of consumers.”

“At Glia I’m looking forward to using what I've learned during my decade in the political realm and applying it to this new and exciting platform that is empowering consumers. We see an opportunity to deliver information and insight in new ways, where consumers live and breathe, to help them make a more informed decision about where and how to spend their money,” said Anderson. “I’m excited by the opportunity to create a channel for real understanding as we all work to be more informed consumers.”

Kris Anderson has excelled at the highest levels of Republican politics and advising corporate, political and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Kris served as Research Director and Deputy Communications Director at the Republican National Committee. During the historic 2014 election cycle, Anderson led the RNC's team that was responsible for the research and rapid response efforts that exposed some of the Democrats' most prominent campaign stumbles. Before joining the RNC, Anderson served as the Research Director for the presidential campaigns of Governor Mitt Romney and Governor Jon Huntsman. He has also worked for numerous California Republican officeholders and candidates, including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina.

“With Glia I want to take the art/science of opposition research and apply my skills outside of the political sphere by using that knowledge to better understand the companies we all frequent, who’s behind them and what their corporate values truly are. People deserve to know this information and I’m happy to be able to put my unique skill set to use at creating something this exciting,” said Scanlon. “There are different ways to present information and data, but what we are focused on is the quality and depth of the information.”

Greg Scanlon has over a decade of political experience at the local, state and federal level, working with stakeholders ranging from campaigns and committees to state parties and independent expenditure groups. During the 2013-2014 cycle, he served as research director for the Democratic Governors Association, where he established the committee’s first in-house opposition research department. In 2010, Scanlon served as research director for Brad Ellsworth’s Senate race in Indiana and from 2011-2012 he oversaw the Senate research team at American Bridge 21st Century.

About Glia
Glia was founded with the vision of becoming a partner with consumers in their spending decisions and helping to make every spending choice a personal statement. The name Glia comes from a type of cell that makes connections in the brain – and that’s Glia’s goal – to connect businesses and consumers in a way that allows for informed, values based consumer spending. For more information about the app, visit http://www.Glia.is or find us on social media at Facebook.com/Glia.is, Twitter: @Glia_is


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