Partner & COO Curtis Below brought his broad professional experience in the public, nonprofit and private sectors to FM3 Research in 2007. Since joining the firm, he has provided qualitative and quantitative research – and strategic advice – to government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and candidate and ballot measure campaigns at both the state and local levels.
During the 2016 election cycle, Curtis conducted research contributing to the passage of a number of ballot measure campaigns, including two significant regional funding measures in the San Francisco Bay Area (a $3.5 billion BART bond measure and a nine-county “Clean & Healthy Bay” parcel tax); a number of local finance measures in the cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, Pittsburg, Orinda, East Palo Alto, and in Santa Cruz and Humboldt counties; as well as other local measures for school, fire, and park districts. Curtis also worked on behalf of several successful candidates, including those running for U.S. Congress, the California Legislature, and local county boards of supervisors.
Outside of the electoral realm, Curtis also works extensively assessing public opinion on a variety of issue areas, seeking to both understand existing perceptions and attitudes, and to develop messaging guidance that furthers awareness and inspires behavioral changes. This includes – but is not limited to – work on water conservation, environmental and open space protection, energy use and generation, public safety, education, residential waste disposal and waste reduction, public transit use, parks and recreation, and issues related to development.
In addition to his time at FM3, Curtis also has experience in the public sector (working for the California State Legislature and serving as the Vice-Chair of the City of Oakland's Public Ethics Commission, in the nonprofit sector (working for the Environmental Defense Fund), and the private sector (as co-founder and Vice President of Get Active Software, an Internet software and services company that provided online constituent mobilization and engagement tools for nonprofit organizations).
Curtis received his Bachelor's degree in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and both his Master's of Public Policy and Master's of Public Health from UC Berkeley. Curtis can be reached in FM3’s Oakland office at (510) 451-9521 or at Curtis@fm3research.com.