More in Common has teams in six countries: France, Germany, Poland, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States. We also have a small presence in Spain and a global team who work across those six countries on priority projects. Our team is deeply committed to our mission and brings insights from a diverse range of life experiences, professional backgrounds and interests. 

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Country Directors lead our work in each of our six countries, developing and implementing context-specific initiatives consistent with our overall strategy and mission. They are supported by directors with global responsibilities for learning, research and initiatives as well as support functions such as administration and finance.

Luis Aguado Alba

Aguado Alba

Senior Associate, Research Insights - European Elections and Spain lead,

Luis joined More in Common to support its efforts towards the European elections of 2024 after more than a decade working on campaigning, advocacy and strategic communications. He was part of the team that launched in Spain, where he ended up managing its operations in both Spain and Europe. In the last years, he has advised several social change organisations and initiatives from all over Europe and was also a Senior Advisor at the office of the High Commissioner for Spain Entrepreneurial Nation, inside the office of the Spanish Prime Minister. He holds a degree in Journalism and Film Studies from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. 

Chris Annous


Associate, More in Common UK,

Chris joined More in Common from strategic communications consultancy FGS Global where he advised FTSE100 and high-profile private companies on their corporate reputation and positioning. Chris specialised in Government Affairs and the leveraging of research and insights to inform the development of communications strategies. 

Before FGS, Chris worked for the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly and on their 2021 London Mayoral Election. As part of the party’s campaign for race equality, Chris helped to lead efforts to diversify the party’s representation. Chris is a graduate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and recently represented Ghana in the African Rugby Sevens 2024 Olympic Qualifiers.

Benjamin Baumann


Partnership Coordinator, More in Common USA,

Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Saint John's University in Minnesota and a master’s degree in Ancient Studies with a focus on Big History from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Following the completion of his graduate studies, he returned to his home state of Kansas to serve as a Legislative Fellow for the Kansas Legislative Research Department. Subsequently, he spent approximately five years working as a historian at the Indiana Historical Bureau, where he led the Indiana Legislative Oral History Initiative. In this position, he conducted research on the history of the Indiana General Assembly and political polarization within the State of Indiana. Ben currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

James Blagden


Associate Director - Research and Insights, More in Common UK,

Before joining More in Common, Jim was Head of Politics & Polling at the thinktank Onward, where he worked on changing values and voting patterns of the electorate - and identified ‘Workington Man’ as the key swing voter ahead of the 2019 election.

Roberta Bocca


Project Lead for France Talks Migration, Destin Commun,

Roberta previously worked in supporting first and second generation immigrants, leading social inclusion and research-action projects that focused on the challenges in France's priority neighborhoods. She holds a PhD from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she studied subjectivity and identity formation in contemporary French phenomenology.

Conleth Burns


Associate Director for Strategy and Development, More in Common UK,

Conleth joined More in Common in 2021. Since then, he has helped established More in Common's consultancy and thought leadership work in the UK helping partners across politics, business and civil society to better navigate big challenges through better understanding the public's values and starting points on a range of issues from climate to refugee welcome to culture wars. Before joining More in Common, Conleth did campaigning work for the United World Project and community development work in his Northern Ireland hometown. He also holds a Law degree from the University of Oxford. 

Kate Carney


Chief of Staff, More in Common USA,
Washington DC

Kate Carney brings with her over a decade of multisector experience that includes policy advising on Capitol Hill, founding a nonprofit in Haiti, and leading corporate social responsibility programs at a Fortune 100 company. She also is a proud Gold Looper, having circumnavigated 8,000 miles of U.S. eastern waterways on a 31-foot trawler around the Great Loop. She has a MPP from University of Maryland and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees. Kate lives in Washington, DC.

Julia Coffin


Senior Associate, More in Common USA,

Julia joins More in Common with over half a decade experience advancing programs and policies to protect and assist migrants and refugees in the United States and internationally. Selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow, she completed an MA in Peace, Conflict and Development at the University of Bradford and has a BA in Sociology, Anthropology and Religion from St. Olaf College. Previously, Julia led peace and leadership development programming for youth in Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar. Julia currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Marion Cosperec


Associate, Communications and Partnerships, Destin Commun,

Marion graduated in history and political sciences from Sorbonne University in Paris. She holds a Master's in International cooperation and humanitarian action. Before joining More in Common, Marion worked at Oxfam France, a global NGO specialized in fighting poverty and inequality, as the communication and digital manager.  She lives in Paris.

Jenna  Cunningham


Research and Data Analyst, More in Common UK,

Jenna joined More in Common as a Research and Data Analyst in 2023. Her prior experience includes working for a UK Member of Parliament and as a data analyst specialising in qualitative survey analytics. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from the London School of Economics where her dissertation focused on public attitudes and behaviours towards the NHS.

Naureen Collings


Director, Learning, People and Culture,

Naureen began her career at Google in business development and strategic partnerships before joining the New Cities Foundation as its Director of Research. At More in Common, Naureen is driving the organization's efforts to become a world-class learning organization. She is also in charge of More in Common's team development and culture.

Tim Dixon



Tim Dixon is a social entrepreneur who has started businesses and nonprofits in the US, the UK and Australia, where he was born. He trained as an economist, worked as a tech sector lawyer for law firm Baker & McKenzie from 1999 to 2004 and built a leading educational publishing business that was acquired by Pearson Australia in 2004. From 2004 to 2010 he worked in senior political roles, including as economic adviser and chief speechwriter for two Prime Ministers. He has lived and worked between New York, London and West Yorkshire since 2010, co-founding social change agency Purpose Europe in 2013 and helping to start social movement organizations around the issue of modern day slavery, the Syrian crisis, the Colombian peace process, economic inequality, gun control and civic participation. Tim serves on the boards of organizations in the US, UK and Australia.

Fred Duong


Research Fellow, More in Common USA,

Fred is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Toronto, specializing in emotions and social behavior. Fred holds a masters degree in psychology from New York University and a PhD in social psychology from Northeastern University. His research centers on how people think about empathy and the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of political conversations.

Ashley  Fabrizio


Senior Researcher, More in Common USA,
Palo Alto

Ashley Fabrizio is a political scientist and quantitative researcher with experience answering descriptive and inferential questions in technology, academic, and government sectors using observational, survey, and data science methods. She is an expert in global issues of political mobilization, coercive governance, nationalism, human rights, and radicalization. Before joining More in Common, Ashley was a senior quantitative researcher at Meta. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.A. from Harvard College.

Jérémie Gagné


Lead Research, More in Common Germany,

Jérémie is a political researcher with expertise in conducting quantitative and qualitative surveys for political parties, foundations, and trade unions in Germany. Having worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation, he most recently was head of political analysis at Policy Matters, a polling firm based in Berlin. Jérémie has specialized in issues of political participation, voter disaffection and right-wing populism. He studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and European Affairs at Sciences Po Paris.

Inga Gertmann


Lead Partnerships, More in Common Germany,

Inga joined More In Common after working as a consultant for the public sector as well as a teaching fellow and project manager in the Teach First Leadership Programme. She brings experience in consulting, teaching, conceptualization and project steering and is passionate about accompanying individual and organizational development processes. Inga holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from King’s College in London and a Bachelor’s in Public Policy from the University of Erfurt. She has studied in Spain and Canada.

Emily Gerdin


Research Fellow, More in Common USA,
New York

Emily Gerdin is a PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology at Yale University. She studies how children and adults think and learn about the groups in their social environments, focusing particularly on belief-based groups such as religions and political groups. 

Paulina Górska


Research Fellow,
More in Common Poland, Warsaw

Paulina is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research interests include the causes and consequences of protest participation, prejudice (especially its reduction), minority stress, and political polarization. Every now and then, she cooperates with Polish state institutions and non-governmental organizations (e.g., the Commissioner for Human Rights or Campaign Against Homophobia).

Tristan Guerra


Research Fellow,
Destin Commun, Grenoble

Tristan is a PhD research doctoral researcher at Sciences Po Grenoble, specializing in public opinion, political behaviour and survey research. Tristan holds a master’s degree in political science from Sciences Po. Grenoble and was a visiting student and research collaborator at Princeton University. In his dissertation, he studies the dynamics of political polarization in Western Europe. Beyond academia, he is a compulsive #rstats programmer.

Rubeena  Hassam


Senior Global Operations Associate,

Rubeena comes to More in Common from sharedserviceslink, a small events company, from which she brings 5 years of operations experience working in a start-up environment. 

Stephen  Hawkins


Director, Research,
Washington, DC

Stephen has served as the Director of Research for More in Common since the organization’s founding in 2016, overseeing studies on the psychology of political division in nine countries. Prior to joining More in Common, Stephen conducted public opinion research for Fortune 100 companies, United Nations agencies, electoral campaigns and political movements. Stephen speaks frequently at national and international conferences, has taken caller questions on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and appears regularly on CPR’s Colorado Matters to discuss politics and polarization. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government 

Lisa  Heinzel


Grants Associate,

Prior to joining More in Common in April 2023, Lisa worked for the international peacebuilding organisation Conciliation Resources, where she led a portfolio of peacebuilding projects in the Central African Republic. She started her career at the International Crisis Group and the West Africa Peacebuilding Network in Senegal. Lisa holds a French-German Master’s degree in conflict and development studies from the University of Münster and Sciences Po Lille.

Ed Hodgson


UK Research Manager, More in Common UK,

Ed joined More in Common after studying Geography at the University of Oxford. There, he focused on the ways in which social media platforms transform places in the UK and abroad, writing his dissertation on how Facebook community groups shape perceptions of crime in small English villages. At the same time, he led the content team at ClimateScience, an EdTech startup producing educational material about the science of climate change.

Falco Hüsson



Falco studied political science and economics in Heidelberg, Istanbul and Darmstadt. He gained practical experience in political foundations, a strategy consultancy and in the German Bundestag. At the German federal election campaign 2017 he was employed as an event manager at the social democrats. Prior to his studies, he completed an apprenticeship as a Computer Science Expert.

Ula  Karas


Research Assistant, More in Common Poland,

Urszula joined the More in Common team in November 2023 as an intern, and has been working with us as a research assistant since February 2024. She is a fifth-year psychology student at the University of Warsaw, where she is pursuing a specialization in Social Research, which focuses on the methodological aspect of social research, particularly quantitative research. She is interested in attitudes toward refugees from other cultural backgrounds and the issue of women's rights.

Julie  Kirkbride


Senior Adviser, More in Common UK,

Julie is a Senior Advisor at More in Common and works with our partners and clients to help them design better strategies and communications to resonate with the public and navigate British politics at a national and local level. Julie served as MP from Bromsgrove between 1997 and 2010, before that she was a journalist for the Daily Telegraph, BBC and ITN. Julie is a Board Member of Volunteering Matters and the New Schools Network, and previously served on the board of Ofsted.

Laura-Kristine Krause


Executive Director, More in Common Germany,

Laura is the Founding Director of More in Common Germany and has been building the organization since 2018. Previously she headed the Future of Democracy Program at the Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum, worked in political consulting and for election campaigns in the US and Europe. Laura holds a master’s degree from the Free University of Berlin and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle. Laura has twice been named one of “40 under 40” of German Society and Science and is active for a range of social causes. She serves as a board member of the Schöpflin Foundation and is a member of the oversight board of German public broadcaster ZDF.

Jazmin Kreimer


Senior Development Associate, More in Common USA,
Los Angeles

Jazmin is an attorney with experience working with private, nonprofit, government, and multilateral organizations on humanitarian, civil rights, and human rights issues. She began her career with the U.S. Department of State managing grant programs and advancing policy to protect and assist refugees in countries across Africa. Most recently, Jazmin worked for International Justice Mission, where she led the development of grant proposals for criminal justice reform projects combating human rights abuses around the world.

Mathieu Lefèvre


CEO and Co-founder,

Mathieu Lefevre is the co-founder and CEO of More in Common, a non-profit working to understand the forces driving us apart, find common ground and bring people together to tackle shared challenges. More in Common conducts detailed opinion research on social fragmentation and polarization, using political science and social psychology to map the identities and values of populations in Europe and the United States.  We use our evidence base to work across sectors and issue areas with more than 160 partners in philanthropy, civil society, politics, the media, unions, faith groups and businesses on initiatives that bridge divides. More in Common’s work has been featured in hundreds of media articles and we are frequently called upon to brief senior leaders in politics, governments, civil society, philanthropy, the media and business. More in Common is comprised of a team of about 45 people working in national offices in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Poland.

Prior to helping launch More in Common, Mathieu was a co-founder of, one of the largest civic tech companies in Europe and for several years he led New Cities, a think tank he helped launch on the future of global cities. Mathieu served as a Political Officer in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for five years based in Southern Afghanistan, Lebanon and at the UN Security Council. He also worked in the area of governance at the World Bank and has advised political campaigns in France and the US. Mathieu is a dual US-French citizen and lives in Paris with his wife and their three children.

Raphaël Llorca


Senior Fellow, Destin Commun,

Raphaël Llorca is a communications specialist. A graduate of ESCP Europe and the Sorbonne in Contemporary History, he spent four years undertaking his PhD in Argumentative Linguistics at EHESS, while working as a strategic planner for Havas, a communications agency. An Associate Expert at the Fondation Jean-Jaurès, he has published several papers and studies on both business and politics. He recently co-edited the report La société de supermarché (Fondation Jean-Jaurès Éditions) with Jérôme Fourquet. An essayist, he is the author of La marque Macron (L'Aube, 2021), which was a finalist for the 2021 Prix du Livre politique, and Les Nouveaux masques de l'extrême droite (L'Aube, Fondation Jean-Jaurès, 2022). In 2023, he published an essay entitled, Le roman national des marques (L'Aube, Fondation Jean-Jaurès). He is also a bi-monthly columnist for the French daily newspaper, L'Opinion, and occasionally teaches at several higher education establishments, including Sciences Po Executive Education.

Anna Lob


Communications Associate,
More in Common Germany, Berlin

Anna joined More in Common after working for the digital policy think tank D64. She studied Psychology, Communications and Political Sciences in Freiburg and Berlin and has gained a diverse range of work experience in journalism and public relations, including working for the German Public Broadcaster ARD. She is passionate about all subjects regarding social equality and political participation. 

Jason Mangone


Executive Director, More in Common USA,
New Jersey

Jason Mangone is the Director of More in Common US. He began his career as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, and following his military service was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.

After graduate school Jason was Director of the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, an initiative to make a year of national service a common expectation for every young American. He led the Franklin Project’s merger with two other non-profit's, resulting in the creation of the Service Year Alliance, where Jason was Chief Operating Officer.

He then spent a year helping to build New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services as a Senior Advisor to the agency’s Commissioner. He co-authored the national best-selling book Leaders: Myth and Reality, which the Financial Times named a “Best Business Book of 2018.” His writing has also been published, among other outlets, in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Task & Purpose, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Most recently, Jason was CEO of Newbury Franklin Home Services, a niche home maintenance business.

He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife Kara and their three kids, where he serves on the board of the Princeton Little League and is a volunteer firefighter, a pursuit meant to trick his children into thinking he's still cool. He’s also on the board of New Politics, which recruits and trains military veterans and alumni of national service programs to run for elected office. He has a B.A. from Boston College and an M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University.

Ben Mason-Sucher


Programme Lead Migration, More in Common Germany,

Ben works on topics around migration and refugees, with a primary focus on Germany but also working closely with More In Common teams in UK, France and Poland. He is a British immigrant living in Berlin, and previously worked at the think-tank better place lab and for the Canadian government. He has a degree in Philosophy and German from Oxford University.

Laurence de Nervaux

de Nervaux

Executive Director, Destin Commun,

Laurence previously worked at the Fondation de France, France’s largest philanthropic foundation, leading their work in research and international cooperation. In  particular she conducted annual national surveys on isolation and loneliness in France. She has also worked at the French Center for National Monuments, and before that at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York. Laurence is a graduate of Sciences Po, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Princeton.  

Paul Oshinski


Research Associate, More in Common USA,

Paul holds a masters in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He has previously worked in political polling on local, statewide and presidential campaigns, focusing primarily on the Southern United States. Paul lives in Austin, Texas.

Anouschka Rajah


Research and Data Analyst, More in Common UK,

Anouschka joined More in Common in 2023 as a Research and Data Analyst. Prior to this she worked at global asset manager BlackRock in the Risk and Quantitative Analysis department, and gained voluntary experience with non-profits. Anouschka holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Durham and is based in London.

Mutaf Rifat


Chief Financial Officer,

Mutaf leads Future CFO, a London based finance company which specializes in supporting INGO’s & start-ups. Mutaf holds qualifications from Association of certified chartered accountants (ACCA) and Institutes of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales (ICAEW) and has over 9 years senior level finance experience in the not-for-profit sector. Previously he was Head of Finance at Girl Effect, an initiative set up by the Nike Foundation to support programs in over 60 countries. Prior to that he was at Restless Development, a youth-led development agency focusing on social change. Mutaf also holds an MBA degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University.



Catherine  Roderick


Senior Executive Assistant,
Cardiff, UK

Before joining the More in Common team, Cath spent several years coordinating data science and supercomputing programmes funded with EU Structural & Investment Funds at Cardiff University, UK. Prior to that, she worked in administration and communications in the UK and Spain within collaborative research teams working on offshore wind and computing systems, and in administration of English language programmes for international students. She holds a Masters in literature in European cultures.

Calista Small


Research Manager, More in Common USA,
New York

Before joining More In Common, Calista worked as a social psychology research assistant at Columbia University, helping to develop and implement studies on emotion and stress. She holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University and a post-baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Anna  Theil


Lead Communications, More in Common Germany,

Anna brings many years of social business and crowdfunding experience to More in Common. As Head of Communications and COO, she has helped build the crowdfunding platform Startnext since 2010 and advised hundreds of founders, projects and campaigns. She is co-founder of Studio Für Morgen and has a background in communication and media studies as well as journalism. 

Adam Traczyk


Executive Director,
More in Common Poland, Warsaw

Adam joined More in Common from the Berlin-based German Council on Foreign Relation where he remains an Associate Fellow. In 2015, he co-founded an independent foreign policy think tank Global.Lab in his hometown Warsaw, Poland and served as its chairman for five years. Adam studied international relations and political science in Warsaw, Bonn, and Berlin. Currently, he is working on a PhD thesis at the Technical University of Chemnitz where he studies links between democracy and transitional justice. His commentary has appeared in Polityka, Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, Le Monde, Die Welt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wall Street Journal, among others.  

Luke Tryl


Executive Director, More in Common UK,

Luke leads the organisation’s ground-breaking UK public opinion and thought leadership work. Luke has worked to shine a light on what the public thinks about topics as diverse as immigration, climate change, gender identity and mental health.  With a focus on the nuances and complexity of public opinion, he has helped policymakers, business and civil society navigate issues often regarded as tricky and divisive. 

Since starting work at More in Common Luke has overseen the development of More in Common’s in-house UK research agency and directs their regular programme of polling and focus groups. He is a regular commentator on UK public opinion across both print and broadcast media and has appeared on Radio 4’s Today Programme, Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, Times Radio and Politics Hub with Sophy Ridge. He has also written for various publications including the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, New Statesman and the Spectator. Before joining More in Common, Luke's career spanned politics, public opinion, and government. He served as a Special Advisor to Nicky Morgan during the Cameron administration and as Director of Strategy at the education inspectorate Ofsted.

Maria Wittels


Senior Communications Associate and Research Associate,
More in Common Poland, Zbąszynek

I am a Sociologist with experience in research, marketing, PR, and communications. I have experience in both NGOs and business. Last year, I worked for environmental protection and climate concern NGOs such as WWF. I was responsible for creating the strategy, coordination, and planning of the communication of the climate department, creation of content for internal and external communication channels, and cooperation with other organizations.

Zofia Wlodarczyk


Senior Research Associate,
More in Common Poland, Warsaw

Zofia is a social researcher with expertise in conducting qualitative studies for political institutions, grassroots movements, and international organizations. Zofia holds a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Warsaw and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Her dissertation research explored the experiences of female refugees fleeing domestic violence and political persecution. Her work also focused on the agency of Polish rural women and Polish feminist movements.

Sarah  Wohlfeld


Lead Projects, More in Common Germany,

Sarah joined More in Common after working with the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for European Policy Studies on a civil society capacity-building project in the Western Balkans. Previously, Sarah worked as Project Coordinator at the Political Platform of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and at the German Federal Foreign Office. There she was as Program Officer responsible for the Diplomatenkolleg, a private-public partnership project aiming to provide foreign diplomats with insights into German culture, history and society. Sarah holds an MA in sociology, political science, and media sciences from the University of Trier and studied in Prague.

Jordan Wylie


Research Fellow, More in Common USA,
New York

Jordan is a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Her research examines how morality and emotions affect what we see, how we think, and what we do. She is also currently a student affiliate at the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding and junior scholar at the Stone Center for Inequality. 

Coco Xu


Research Associate, More in Common USA,
New York

Coco joined More in Common having recently completed her dual MA/MSc degree in History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. She specializes in US immigration history, with her research focusing on Chinese immigrants in the US. She previously worked as a researcher and writer at Asia Society.


Daniel  Yudkin


Senior Advisor, More in Common USA,
New Orleans

Daniel Yudkin is a Senior Advisor at More in Common and a postdoctoral researcher at the Wharton School. He received his PhD in social psychology from New York University and has held research positions at Harvard University and Yale University. His award-winning research seeks to understand how people decide between right and wrong and how these decisions impact people, organizations, and society. His work has been featured in over 1,000 news articles, including on the front page of the New York Times, the BBC, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Financial Times, NPR, and CNN. He lives in New Orleans.

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