Speaker Profiles

Joel Benenson

Joel Benenson

President Obama’s Strategic Advisor

Joel Benenson is Founding Partner and President of Benenson Strategy Group (BSG), a New York based strategic research firm providing research and communication consulting services to political and corporate clients. He is also a Co-Founder of iModerate Research Technologies, an innovative research firm that specializes in live, online, one-on-one qualitative sessions. Mr. Benenson brings a unique combination of communication and research expertise to his clients to deliver messaging strategies that work in the most difficult situations.

Most recently, Mr. Benenson was the lead pollster and a senior strategist for President Obama’s campaign, conducting battleground polling during the campaign and playing an active role in debate preparation, communications strategy, and development of paid media.

The Benenson Strategy Group has played a key roll in helping Democrats gain and build majorities in both the House and Senate in the last two cycles, winning three key Senate races and helping the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee win 24 races in the last two years including unseating 8 Republican incumbents.

Mr. Benenson has also guided corporate clients through some of the most notable communication challenges in the past decade and during his career he has worked directly on research projects for CEO’s including A.G. Lafley, Jack Welch, and Bob Pittman. The firm’s corporate clients include leading companies such as Procter & Gamble; ESPN, Campbell’s Soup, Panera Bread and Verizon.

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