Esther Thomas

Senior Director, Insights & Strategy

With a passion for creative investigation and a rigorous background in quantitative and qualitative methods, Esther brings a rare mix of sharp analytics and infectious personality to her role as Senior Director of Research & Strategy. With degrees in both mathematics and statistics combined with experience in innovation and exploratory research assignments, Esther’s an asset on any robust insights engagement.  She has worked on projects for many of Kelton’s largest global clients, including Pfizer and Target. Esther’s enthusiasm for identifying meaningful human connections within data makes her an enthusiastic and dynamic client partner.

Prior to Kelton, Esther conducted quantitative research for NASA aboard the NASA DC-8. During her time with NASA, Esther was in charge of managing both independent and group research, including sampling design, data collection, analysis and presentation. She was competitively selected to present her research findings at the 2011 American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco where she presented among 20,000 interdisciplinary geophysicists from around the world. Esther received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of New Orleans, where she was a graduate instructor during her tenure.

Esther is a music/dance enthusiast. When not crunching numbers or talking with respondents, she is most likely dancing tango. She never leaves the city without her tango shoes and enjoys traveling to festivals around the country to pursue this passion.

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