The Firm

  • Joel Benenson
  • Carl Rossow
  • Peter Brodnitz
  • Daniel Franklin
  • Mitch Markel
  • Amy Levin
  • Michael Gehrke
  • Wei Guo
  • Katie Connolly
  • Amanda Bowles
Joel Benenson

Founding Partner, President and CEO

Joel Benenson is the Founding Partner, President and CEO of the Benenson Strategy Group, which he co-founded in 2000. He has served as a strategic analyst and adviser to heads of state, senior members of Congress and other national political leaders, business leaders, and major advocacy and charitable institutions. Read more

Carl Rossow

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Carl Rossow is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of the Benenson Strategy Group and has more than 15 years' worth of experience in the research industry as a researcher and technologist. Rossow has carved out a niche as a research expert, drawing off experience with telephone, mall-test, in-person and online methods. Read more

Peter Brodnitz

Principal

Pete Brodnitz is a Principal at the Benenson Strategy Group. He brings more than two decades of research experience to his clients, ranging from providing strategic polling to heads of state on four continents to spearheading domestic political work at all levels (from nationwide to state legislative and municipal), to doing Fortune 500 corporate research and working with nonprofits and strategic think tanks. Read more

Daniel Franklin

Principal

Daniel Franklin is a Principal at the Benenson Strategy Group. Throughout 2007 and 2008, he was responsible for managing the polling for BSG's work on the Obama for America campaign and Sen. Frank Lautenberg's re-election campaign in New Jersey... Read more

Mitch Markel

Principal

Mitch Markel, Principal, is a classically-trained opinion researcher and an expert in marketing strategy, brand communication, and targeting. He has worked to develop marketing and communications plans for leading Fortune 1000 companies covering wide-range of industries including: oil, telecommunication, food & beverage, sports & entertainment, consumer package goods, financial services and insurance. Read more

Amy Levin

Principal

Amy Levin is a Principal and the head of Benenson Strategy Group's Los Angeles office. She has advised issue advocacy organizations such as AARP, the League of Conservation Voters, EMILY's List, and Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate Action on some of the most significant progressive challenges of the day. Read more

Michael Gehrke

Vice President

After building a reputation as one of the Democratic Party's top campaign staffers and political operatives over the past 20 years, Mike Gehrke joined BSG in the fall of 2010.His prior work includes serving as the White House Director of Research for President Bill Clinton, the Research Director for the Presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry... Read more

Anne Board

Vice President

As Vice President of Marketing, Anne is an integral member of Benenson Strategy Group's management, leading the firm's marketing and communications efforts, helping develop and strengthen the firm's national reputation and brand across various industries and platforms, and helping shape the firm's strategic direction and continued growth. Read more

Wei Guo

Vice President

Wei Guo is Vice President of Finance and Operations. He is responsible for the accounting and financial functions of the firm. Wei is also in charge of operational functions such as risk management and process improvement. Read more

Katie Connolly

Senior Associate

Katie Connolly is a Senior Associate in Washington DC, working exclusively on our projects for the White House and President Obama's re-election campaign. Connolly came to BSG from the BBC, where she was a Washington correspondent reporting on US news across all of the BBC's worldwide platforms - online, radio and television. Read more

Amanda Bowles

Senior Associate

Amanda Bowles is a Senior Associate at the Benenson Strategy Group. Since joining BSG in 2006, Amanda has played a significant role in managing projects on both the political and corporate side. Throughout 2007 and 2008, Amanda was an integral part of BSG's work on the Obama for America campaign... Read more

Peter Brodnitz
Who We Are
Peter Brodnitz

Principal

With more than two decades of research experience and expertise providing services ranging from strategic polling to 13 presidents and prime ministers on four continents to spearheading U.S. political work at all levels to providing strategic research for Fortune 500 companies as well as for leading think tanks and institutions, Pete Brodnitz has a reputation for helping clients win in various competitive settings. He leads the firm’s international political practice and handles many of our U.S. political campaigns. In 2007, the American Association of Political Consultants named Pete "Pollster of the Year” - the top honor in the political polling profession recognizing success and innovation in U.S. campaigns -- for his work on the upset victories in Virginia of Gov. Tim Kaine, in 2005, and Sen. Jim Webb, in 2006.

In the 2012 U.S. elections, Pete and his team’s work included helping Senators Tim Kaine (VA) and Mazie Hirono (HI), Attorney General Kathleen Kane (PA), and U.S. Representative Joe Garcia (FL) to win office. Our independent expenditure work included polling for the House Majority PAC's successful efforts to elect Congressmen Raul Ruiz (CA), Pete Gallego (TX) and John Barrow (GA) and polling for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Senator Robert Casey's re-election in Pennsylvania.

Earlier in 2012, Pete helped Danilo Medina and Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, win their election as President and Vice President of the Dominican Republic, leading President Medina to state, “Pete Brodnitz and Benenson Strategy Group’s in-depth analysis and recommendations played a pivotal role in implementing key steps that allowed us to come from behind and win the Presidency of the Republic.”

In 2010, Pete helped first-time candidate Juan Manuel Santos win election as Colombia’s President and helped Chris Coons win election to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate – making him one of only three Democrats to win Senate seats that year.

In 2008, Pete guided Democratic candidates to successfully gain control of Republican-held seats in both houses of Congress as well as on the state level. With Pete’s strategic advice, Jeff Merkley became the first challenger in nearly 40 years to defeat an incumbent Oregon senator, ousting two-term Senator Gordon Smith. He also helped Democrats Tom Perriello, of Virginia, and Mary Jo Kilroy, of Ohio, get elected to Republican-held congressional seats with Kilroy being the first Democrat to represent Ohio’s 15th District in 40 years. In both 2008 and 2010 he helped Congressmen Tim Walz of Minnesota and Adam Smith of Washington secure re-election.

On the state level, Pete’s analysis and strategy in 2008 on behalf of the Campaign for a Moderate Majority’s independent-expenditure effort to elect Democrats to the Ohio Statehouse helped the Democrats pick up seven seats, enabling them to capture the Statehouse for the first time in 14 years.



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  • Amy Levin
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  • Daniel Franklin
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  • Amy Levin
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  • Pete Brodnitz
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  • Pete Brodnitz
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  • Daniel Franklin
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  • Pete Brodnitz
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  • Amy Levin
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