The Benavides Strategy Group specializes in developing government and public affairs, communication, political and relationship strategies for the private sector, government agencies, national non-profit organizations, campaigns, elected officials, and political institutions.
Services & Specialties
The cornerstone of Benavides Strategy Group’s approach is to partner with clients to develop and execute fully-integrated public affairs campaigns. Whatever the strategic objective, our world-class strategists understand and optimize every piece on the public-affairs chessboard: federal, state and local governmental actions, issue management campaigns, initiatives and ballot measures, private-sector relations and policymaker and public outreach campaigns.
Benavides Strategy Group can help clients navigate and shape the debate on issues that affect them. High-quality information and an accurate analysis of the context form the backbone of any successful communications strategy, across all policy areas. Benavides Strategy Group can help define objectives, put together a strategy, refine the messages and plan actions to achieve goals. We are experts in boiling down complicated issues into concise messages before addressing policymakers, stakeholders and the media.
Benavides Strategy Group develops extensive media lists, crafts intriguing news releases, pitches stories to media outlets and builds strong relationships with media representatives. Our team has worked with print, radio, television, direct mail and specialty news outlets throughout the United States to obtain fair, accurate, and comprehensive coverage of our client’s projects, as well as supportive editorial endorsements. Our approach is to be wholly prepared for media encounters in every situation.
Community Relations & Public Engagement
Our staff recognizes that no two clients are alike. We identify individual needs and tailor campaigns to address those needs. Our creative techniques foster collaboration and identify shared values, visions and goals. Benavides Strategy Group synthesizes this information into a strategic plan for our client. Our programs enjoy great success because we know how to foster clear communication between all parties.
Urban Development/Land Use
Land use decisions are increasingly driven by growth and environmental concerns as communities grapple with the benefits and strains of development. Local governments are tasked with balancing the benefit of revenues generated by growth with the increasing burden of providing the public services and infrastructure to support it. Benavides Strategy Group has assembled a cross-disciplinary team to assist clients with all aspects of real estate development projects.
Event Planning and Management
With over 20 years of experience in creating special events for clients worldwide, Benavides Strategy Group has built a reputation that surpasses expectations.
Gene Benavides currently serves as an Adviser to former Cabinet Secretary Norman Mineta’s Political Action Committee (PAC), America’s Opportunity Fund. He advises and identifies candidates for the PAC to support. In addition, he serves as one of the PAC’s facilitator for training potential candidates to run for political office throughout the country. In the 2008 Presidential Election, Gene organized a multi state Voter Contact Program that consists of; ad buys, direct mail and phone banking activities in support of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Democratic Candidates in the states targeted—Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Gene advised Volunteers for Obama on voter contact and field strategies. He also assisted in the confirmation of Secretary Gary Locke named to serve as Cabinet Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Obama Administration. In 2010, Gene served as a media consultant to the Democratic National Committee in media (print and radio) placement throughout the country. In the same year, he assisted in the State of Hawaii’s electoral campaigns that resulted in both Gubernatorial and Congressional victories.
Specialties: political consulting advocacy/strategy planning governmental affairs public affairs ballot initiatives community engagement