Join us for an information session with President & Founder, Andrew Bleeker ‘07 and Founding Partner, Ben Clark ’99 of Bully Pulpit Interactive, a digitally-based marketing and communications agency that specializes in public affairs, corporate reputation and social impact.
Since their founding in 2009, BPI has applied the lessons of politics to brands and supported over 400 clients across multiple continents. These include 8% of FORTUNE 100 companies, Presidents, Senators and Prime Ministers, as well as several of the top non-profits around the world.
Andrew & Ben will discuss working at Bully Pulpit Interactive and their current positions. They will also conduct a Q&A session on the state of political marketing and share how to get into the field. BPI is also hiring for full-time and summer internship positions.
Date: Thursday, March 1
Place: Career Center
About the Presenters:
Andrew Bleeker ’07 is a global leader in high stakes digital communications. He is a senior counselor to leading businesses, organizations and political campaigns around the world and is a frequent speaker on digital topics. Notably, Andrew was the lead digital marketing strategist on both of President Obama’s campaigns as well as a senior advisor to Secretary Clinton. Since founding Bully Pulpit Interactive in 2009, the firm now spans four offices and has managed nearly a billion dollars in marketing spend. During that time, Andrew incubated two additional firms – Precision Network and the Analytics Media Group – and in 2016, BPI acquired The Incite Agency to drive an integrated marketing and communications offering. Previously, Andrew served as the Global Digital Practice Leader for Hill + Knowlton Strategies where he advised global brands and managed teams in over 20 countries. He has also worked for two online marketing firms, was the digital director for President Obama’s Inaugural Committee, and served on the campaigns of John Kerry and Tim Kaine. Andrew has been featured on The TODAY Show and CNN, was named to 40 under 40 lists by both AdAge and PRWeek and was credited as a ‘disruptor’ by Campaign and Elections. He taught digital analytics at Georgetown University and serves as an advisory board member to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Andrew graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He is based in Washington, DC but is often traveling for clients and can likely be found at any airport hub.
Ben Coffey Clark ’99 is a founding partner responsible for business development at BPI and an expert in how companies and non-profits can use lessons learned on political campaigns. He got his start in 2004 as an anti-war activist, then as a staffer on Gov. Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and he has worked in politics as a digital expert ever since. In the 2012 election, he co-founded Precision Network to advance voter-targeted communications and in the 2014 and 2016 cycles he ran the largest digital persuasion campaigns for the Democratic Party, and established new ways to measure an online program’s impact on voters. Most recently he ran the largest digital persuasion paid media campaign on behalf of independent expenditures during 2016 election. Over the past 13 years, first at the Harbour Group, then as the co-chair of Fleishman-Hillard’s Global Public Affairs Group and now at BPI, he has helped pioneer a digital public affairs approach. He has helped pass legislation, such as the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit, won ballot measures such as a tax on soda consumption, and helped raise public awareness around issues related to climate change. He was also the first digital editorial director for the Washingtonian Magazine and continues to advise several technology companies and publications on content and marketing strategies. He has been featured in The Today Show, Politico, CNN and The New York Times and has spoken at SXSW Interactive.
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