Prior to starting WPA Intelligence in 2004, Chris Wilson was Global Director of Research for Weber Shandwick International, the world’s largest public relations firm at the time. While at Weber Shandwick, Chris led research for Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, American Airlines, Kodak, Wells Fargo, and Boeing.
In 2016, as the Director of Research, Analytics and Digital Strategy for the Cruz for President campaign, Chris is widely credited for playing a key role in Cruz’s triumph in Iowa and helping the Texas Senator finish with the most delegates earned by a 2nd place finisher since Ronald Reagan in 1976. Using a meticulous, technologically advanced, and highly individual approach, Chris led the campaign to reach voters by predicting voter behavior based on ideological segments, personality modeling targeting each voter based on the issue most important to them. You can read more about Chris’ Iowa work in Sasha Issenberg’s seminal Bloomberg piece, “How Ted Cruz Engineered His Iowa Triumph.”
During the 2018 cycle, WPAi provided analytics and polling for key races at the state and federal level around the country. WPA data propelled winning campaigns such as Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott in Texas, Governor-elect Brian Kemp in Georgia, Governor-elect Ron Desantis in Florida, Governor-elect Kevin Stitt in Oklahoma, Senator-elect Kevin Cramer in North Dakota as well as dozens of Members of Congress and down ballot races. WPA is also proud to have assisted campaigns that came up short such as well as Martha McSally in Arizona, and Adam Laxalt and Dean Heller in Nevada, and Matt Rosendale for Senate in Montana.
WPAi also works with organizations like the Club for Growth, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee providing data and polling. For the fifth consecutive cycle, WPAi clients outperformed the partisan average in both their primary and general election contests by double digits.
An Oklahoma native, Chris is a graduate of University of Oklahoma and Georgetown and remains an avid Sooner fan. In the rare instances that Chris isn’t working, he enjoys watching OU football and Thunder basketball, spending time with his sons, Denver and Carson, reading, and racking up impressive amounts of frequent flyer miles. He is a regular political analyst on both Fox News and MSNBC.
Although most people know Estela Hernandez for her role in Oklahoma politics, serving as Vice President of Engagement for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, real estate has always been in her blood. Estela and her husband have owned a local construction company since 2003. This experience has given Estela a creative eye and a love for architecture and design. She holds a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business.
Estela’s life story was featured in Family Metro Magazine, “Real Moms of the Metro”. Due to her professional and civic accomplishments, she has received multiple awards, serves on various boards, and is a former Commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. Estela has been married for 16 years and is the mother of 3 children.