Cornell Belcher is president of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies and one of the premier strategists in national politics. Since his work helping to rebrand the Democratic Party as a pollster for the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2008, and his work for the Obama campaign, corporations have sought his guidance and knowledge of the new American marketplace.
Belcher has worked with both Senate and House Democrats as Senior Political Advisor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and Special Projects Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He also served as a pollster for the Democratic National Committee under the pioneering Chairmanship of Governor Howard Dean. Under Governor Dean's leadership, Belcher helped to construct a savvy framework for the visionary 50 State Strategy that expanded the Democratic footprint on the electoral map and ultimately produced a Democratic realignment.
As a pollster for the Obama campaign, Belcher’s research helped to produce an unconventional campaign and stunning victory in the Democratic presidential primaries. His work continued to produce extraordinary results in the general election for the Obama campaign, helping to expand the traditional battleground map and change the face of the electorate by mobilizing a younger and more diverse coalition hungry for change – the surge vote.
For his achievements, the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) Annual David Ogilvy Awards recognized Belcher’s contributions to the Obama for President Campaign by acknowledging him as a Gold Winner in the category of Government + Nonprofit Advertising. Additionally, he was also named one of the pollsters of the year by the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals (APPC). He is a frequent guest on radio, cable and network news shows analyzing the events of the day.