A Sense of Belonging

Creating an exceptional firm that betters the world of work

At Ivy Research Council, we believe that the success of a company lies within the diversity of its team members.  To better the world of work here at IRC, we want everyone to feel a deep sense of belonging so that they’re able to contribute their best work.

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Our Talent Values

Recruiting and retaining the best talent is at the heart of our research; talent is in our DNA.
For our team, these are the values that are most important to us.

& Diversity

It's a priority that all team members feel a deep sense of belonging & balance. We want each team within IRC to be balanced on experience, viewpoints and backgrounds. We want every team member to know they belong to the IRC family on a personal level and from day one.

In Work

At its core, the idea of career purpose is the idea that what we do as our vocation matters to people other than ourselves. At IRC we aim to bridge the gap between young professionals and the world’s biggest and best companies. We give young talent a voice and we help companies create a better workplace for all.


As a startup we believe that everyone, on every level can and should bring crucial & valuable insights and ideas to the table. Our default to open belief system creates accelerated career progression for those that excel and exhibit greatness.


We have the same high standards for everyone on our team regardless of title. We believe that everyone can gain and maintain our high standards because we lead from the front. We invest in our people, their growth and their continual learning.

How You Can Succeed at IRC

We are a startup with big dreams and even bigger plans to achieve them. A driving factor in achieving those dreams is finding team members that embody what we believe are the characteristics needed to succeed at IRC.

Life at IRC

Small but mighty, life at IRC is pretty sweet. And with our love for pie and donuts, we mean that literally & figuratively. The average American spends 1,788 hours a year at work; that’s a LOT of hours to not love your career and your team.

Medical/Vision & Dental Benefits

Accelerated Career Growth Paths

Unlimited Paid Time Off

Onsite Free Gym Access

Smart Benefits Pre-Tax Commute Accounts

Career Development Stipends & Opportunities

Awesome Food and Socials

The Ability to Bring Up Other Awesome Benefits!

Meet the TEam

Business Development Team

Allison Latham

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
College: Georgetown
Major/Minor(s): Spanish, Government; minor in Business Administration
Before IRC: Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte

Favorite Spot in DC: Kennedy Center terrace in the summer
Hobbies: Yoga, searching for the best ramen in the city, live music, traveling, DC sports
Favorite Music: Kacey Musgraves, Lord Huron, LCD Soundsystem
One thing you’d never guess about me is… I play the drums and have been in two rock bands over the years. 

Research Team

Papsi Kabia

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
College & Year: Penn
Major/Minor(s): Management (Strategic)
Before IRC: Startup work at Elucify & Librii

Favorite Spot in DC: &Pizza (every and all locations).
Hobbies: Sports & listening to music
Favorite Music (genre or artist): *NSYNC, Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean
Favorite Book: The Poisonwood Bible, Soon I Will Be Invincible, and the His Dark Materials trilogy
One thing you’d never guess about me is… I can whistle exhaling and inhaling

Research Team

Patrick Babajanian

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College & Year: UC Berkeley ’17
Major/Minor(s): Peace & Conflict Studies
Before IRC: Executive Account Manager at Prime Advocacy

Favorite Spot in DC: The walk along the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and US Capitol
Hobbies: Curling up on the couch with some green tea and a good book; discussing history/politics/international relations ad infinitum; observing squirrels in their natural urban habitats
Favorite Music (genre or artist): Bon Jovi, Hans Zimmer, Alexander Rybak, Iranian pop from the ‘70s
Favorite Books: The Revenge of Geography, War on Peace, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
One thing you’d never guess about me is… I was once mistaken as a defendant in a criminal trial when I was actually just an intern shadowing.

Business Development Team

Daniel Wasserman

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
College & Year: University of Michigan, 2014
Major/Minor(s): Political Science
Before IRC: Hanover Research, Federal Judicial Internship (Detroit), Geopolitical Risk Analyst (Tel Aviv)

Favorite Spot in DC: Billy Goat Trail
Hobbies: watching sports and hiking
Favorite Music (genre or artist): early 2000s
Favorite Book: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
One thing you’d never guess about me is… I’ve facilitated multiple conversations around male emotions and why we should express them more often

Research Team

Syeda Buchwach

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Georgetown University
International Economic
Before IRC:
Doctoral Student at George Mason

Favorite Spot in DC:
Georgetown for strolling on a sunny day!
Hobbies: Painting & collaging, weightlifting, learning to draw, hiking on VA's beautiful trails
Power Song:
The Unforgiven by Metallica for air guitar!
One thing you’d never guess about me is… I have a bicep tattoo

Member Experience Team

Hannah Bower

Hometown: Boulder, CO
College & Year:
Claremont McKenna College ‘16
Government, Psychology; minor in Leadership Studies
Before IRC:
Account Management Specialist at the Education Advisory Board

Favorite Spot in DC:
The Key Bridge (specifically at sunrise or sunset)
Hobbies: Discovering new recipes to make in my Instant Pot, going to Costco, teaching spin classes
Favorite Music: Kygo, Matoma, James Arthur, Julia Michaels
Favorite Book: Interpreter of Maladies, The Giver, The Opposite of Loneliness, The Light We Lost
One thing you’d never guess about me is… I did a triathlon and accidentally qualified for Nationals #oops

Research Team

Evan Martino

Hometown: Bethesda, MD
College & Year:
Harvard 2013
Romance Languages and Literatures; Secondary Field, Economics
Before IRC:
Senior Research Analyst at CEB

Favorite Spot in DC:
Kennedy Center
Hobbies: Playing cello, walking around DC
Favorite Music (genre or artist): Rock & classical
Favorite Book: Don Quixote
One thing you’d never guess about me is... On a nice weekend day you might find me around DC playing heavy metal music arranged for Cellos

Research Team

John Plonk

Hometown: Durham, NC
College & Year: Princeton ‘15
Major/Minor(s): Woodrow Wilson School
Before IRC: Started an iPhone repair company and interned at Udemy, an education startup

Favorite Spot in DC: Any rooftop come summer
Hobbies: Chipotle, hiking, a cappella (in college), stopping by dog parks even though I don’t have a dog
Favorite Music (genre or artist): The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Favorite Books: White Noise, Kafka on the Shore
One thing you’d never guess about me is… I’m dead set on one day hiking Te Araroa, a nearly 2000-mile trail that runs the entire length of New Zealand

Where Do You Belong?

Check out our teams and let us know where your passion lies

IRC Internship Program

The future
Our interns not only represent the future; they are a critical part of our success each season.