Benjy is a data and analytics professional with over a decade of experience solving problems quantitatively, targeting voters and consumers, and running efficient programs. He leads Precision’s data and analytics team and is a 2017 winner of Campaigns & Elections Rising Star award.
Since joining Precision, Benjy has focused on helping clients solve their toughest problems with cutting-edge data and analytics strategies and tactics, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Liberal Party of Canada, General Electric, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Previously, Benjy was a senior software engineer at NGP VAN, helping build the toolbox of the progressive movement.
In 2012, Benjy served as Deputy Coordinated Campaign Director in Missouri, using advanced data and analytics tactics to help re-elect Sen. Claire McCaskill, Gov. Jay Nixon, and the rest of the Democratic ticket.
Before joining the Missouri campaign, he served as Data and Technology Director for Sen. Tim Kaine’s successful 2012 campaign, worked for Voter Activation Network, a precursor to NGP VAN, and held positions on Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds campaign for Governor and Sen. Mark Warner’s 2008 campaign.
A proud native of Washington, DC, Benjy’s first experience in politics was in 2004, helping the DC office team on the Kerry-Edwards campaign. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy and History from Georgetown University.
Featured Winner Interview:
AAPC: What’s next for you this year?
Benjy: It’s already an incredibly busy year! I’m thrilled to be working with a number of progressive organizations and candidates to help make the most of the cycle, including the DLCC in their quest to take back state legislative chambers across the country.
AAPC: Tell us about something you’re most proud of accomplishing in your professional career.
Benjy: We worked with The Fairness Project in 2016 to pass increases in the minimum wage in several states. Since then, workers have taken home over $5 billion in pay they wouldn’t have otherwise received. Being a small part of that was incredible.
AAPC: To what do you credit your success at such a young age?
Benjy: Help from as many people as I could get to give it. I’m lucky enough to have benefitted from many mentors and people willing to lend a hand or a bit of their time along the way and am immensely grateful for all of it. And it’s a good reminder to pay it forward!
AAPC: What advice would you give to a young professional who has their eye on being a future 40 Under 40 Award winner?
Benjy: Work hard! Half of everything is luck, but you can capitalize on it when it comes if you prepare and prepare and prepare. When I worked for Creigh Deeds on his 2009 campaign for governor of Virginia, he talked about always being underestimated but never being outworked, and I’ve tried to take that to heart.