Yair Ghitza, PhD

Chief Scientist

Leading Catalist's statistical research and development as Chief Scientist, Yair Ghitza has over a decade of experience in political microtargeting. During his career at Catalist, Yair had overseen the development of Catalist’s core models and many other innovations. Some of Yair’s most notable achievements include conducting research in statistics and artificial intelligence for Obama for America, Copernicus Analytics, and the MIT Media Lab.

Yair holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he specialized in the development of statistical and data visualization tools for understanding American politics. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Statistics and Public Policy; and he contributed to two books on political data.


Catalist is hiring! Please follow the links below if you would like to join Catalist’s growing Analytics team. In addition to providing its regular suite of high-quality predictive models, Catalist will be exploring new areas of research to support progressive campaigns. Catalist is excited to build an Analytics team that reflects the diversity and inclusiveness of the progressive movement we serve. All are encouraged to apply!