The Beyond the Beltway Insights Initiative is a joint project by two of the country’s leading insights and strategic communications firms, Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker.

Benenson Strategy Group (BSG) is a leading strategic research consultancy that delivers breakthrough insights and strategies to many of the world’s top Fortune 500 companies, heads of state, and institutions. We marry our language expertise with innovative research to help leaders take on their toughest challenges. From the President of the United States to Toyota, Intel, and Uber, BSG is the trusted adviser that global brands turn to when they need to connect, compete, and convince.

SKDKnickerbocker brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, philanthropic organizations, labor unions, and political committees and candidates. There is no company that better understands the intersection of press, politics, and policy. And there is no better place than SKDK if you are in need of strategic communications advice to manage a crisis, protect a brand, advocate an issue, or win an election.

Our People

Pete Brodnitz is a partner at Benenson Strategy Group, leading the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He brings more than twenty years of strategic research experience for his clients. These include thirteen heads of state on four continents, domestic political leaders at all levels, Fortune 500 companies, and leading advocacy and nonprofit institutions.

J.B. Poersch oversees SKDKnickerbocker’s political division and uses his extensive political experience to develop strategy for both corporate and advocacy clients. He is a cofounder and a general strategist for Senate Majority PAC – a Super PAC that won 16 of 19 Senate races that were active in the 2012 cycle.

Mike Gehrke is a vice president with Benenson Strategy Group with more than 20 years of experience working with international and domestic political and public affairs clients to develop winning insights-based strategies.

Doug Thornell is a Senior Strategist at SKDKnickerbocker, a leading political consulting and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. and New York. He is the former spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Senior Advisor to Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Deputy Political at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and communications director for the Congressional Black Caucus.

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