Ben Coffey Clark is the partner responsible for client services and new business strategy at BPI. He joined in 2010 to lead the company through the 2012 cycle, broaden its client base and add staff and services to build BPI into a full service digital marketing agency.
Today he spearheads the firm’s public affairs practice and some of the larger issue advocacy campaigns, as well as the firm’s California operation. He specializes in taking the best of both corporate and political advertising technology to win political and issue campaigns on behalf of his clients. Most notably founding a technology company to bring Madison Avenue individual targeting techniques to voter campaigns on the left.
He got his start in politics after becoming angry about the pending Iraq war, and left his job as a political reporter in Rhode Island to join Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 primary run. After that ended, he raised nearly million dollars for John Kerry’s campaign online as part of a six person grassroots PAC, and played a role in both of President Obama’s campaigns. Since then he has worked on statewide campaigns across the nation, defeated and passed ballot initiatives and spent a good deal of time on the climate agenda, most recently on behalf of NextGen Climate Action.
Over the past decade he has also worked with Fortune 50 companies’ such as Visa, AT&T, PG&E, Exelon. He was the co-chair for Fleishman-Hillard’s Global Public Affairs Group and he pioneered a digital public affairs practice for The Harbour Group. Ben was also the first digital editorial director for the Washingtonian Magazine and successfully re-branded the publication online.
He has been featured in publications such as Politico, CNN, The New York Times and has spoken at SXSW Interactive, among other conferences, and advises several publications on revenue models as they adjust to the digital landscape. He has won numerous industry awards including PR Week’s Public Affairs Campaign of the Year, Silver Anvil, and POLLIES.