Joel Benenson

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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.[1][2] He is currently the chief strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in New York City. He grew up in southeast Queens and Manhattan with his family. Benenson is a Queens College graduate.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6]

In 1995, he work as a Political Journalist for the Daily News in New York[7]and serving as Communications Director for Gov. Mario Cuomo’s 1994 campaign.[8] He was previously a Vice President at the New York ad agency FCB.[9]

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.[10] He was the lead strategic researcher for Procter & Gamble’s launch of Olestra, the fat substitute;[11] 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.[12]

Benenson is also the Co-Founder of iModerate Research Technologies[13][14]

In January 2015, Hillary Rodham Clinton hired Benenson and Robby Mook as strategists.[15]


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