Joel Benenson (born July 24, 1952) is an American pollster and consultant known for his leading role as a senior strategist for Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He is currently the chief strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
He is the CEO of Benenson Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm, and serves as a senior communications and polling advisor to the White House. He has also been a strategist for U.S. senators, governors and mayors from around the country, as well as Fortune 500 companies. He played an integral role as a pollster for the DCCC in 2006, when the Democrats won back the majority in the House of Representatives. Democratic National Committee.
In 1995, he work as a Political Journalist for the Daily News in New Yorkand serving as Communications Director for Gov. Mario Cuomo’s 1994 campaign. He was previously a Vice President at the New York ad agency FCB.
During his career, Benenson has served as a consultant to some of America's most prominent companies and CEOs, including Procter & Gamble’s A.G. Lafley, General Electric’s Jack Welch and AOL’s Bob Pittman. He has also helped guide corporate clients through some of the most notable communication challenges in the past decade. He was the lead strategic researcher for Procter & Gamble’s launch of Olestra, the fat substitute; he was instrumental in helping AOL manage its capacity crisis in the late ’90s; and he helped a New York City coalition block Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans for an Olympic stadium in Manhattan.
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