As Senior Vice President based in Washington DC, Katie Connolly uses her expertise as a writer and former journalist to help clients develop messaging that moves minds and sparks actions. At BSG, Katie served as a senior member of the Ogilvy Award-winning polling team for President Obama’s re-election campaign, and then managed the firm’s work for the Obama White House. During the 2016 cycle, she led BSG’s work for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Katie helped pioneer the firm’s expertise in ethnographic and diary-based research. She has advised institutional, political, and corporate clients, including HBO, The New Republic, NBC News/Esquire, America Achieves, Christine Quinn, Senator Robert Menendez, Les Schwab, the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, and the New York State Health Foundation.
Katie came to Benenson Strategy Group from the BBC, where she was a Washington correspondent. In the 2008 cycle, Katie was a campaign reporter for Newsweek magazine and was embedded in the McCain campaign. Her reporting was part of an exclusive, behind-the-scenes special issue of Newsweek released two days after the election (and later as a book). It won a New York Press Club award and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. She has also worked as a strategic communications advisor at FleishmanHillard, a management consultant for L.E.K. Consulting and as a researcher in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, but living the U.S. since 2004, her accent is really rather odd these days. Katie holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she received the prestigious Menzies scholarship, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, two young sons and a dog who used to get a lot more attention before the kids came on the scene. She genuinely likes vegan food.