Patrick Toomey is a vice president at Benenson Strategy Group with extensive experience using research to develop campaign and communications strategies for candidates, advocacy groups, and corporations. Patrick was part of the team that conducted the polling and message consulting for the Obama White House and has developed winning campaign strategies for everything from tossup Senate races to progressive ballot initiatives in red states.
Patrick has particular expertise in research among and communications to young people. He has led the research for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation since 2017, conducting in-depth survey and diary research among 13-24 year olds on their mental health, the challenges they face, and the resources they need. He has researched youth consumer habits and media preferences for both corporate and non-profit clients. Patrick also brings years of experience understanding the mindsets and priorities of the people who influence legislative and regulatory policy outcomes in order to develop effective strategies to advance the issues that matter to his clients.
Patrick grew up year-round on Martha’s Vineyard and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He works in BSG’s New York and Los Angeles offices.