Ben LaBolt is a partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI) who leads strategic communications across clients and teams. He also co-founded The Incite Agency, which was acquired by BPI in 2016.
He advises clients on how to transform their communications to be more integrated, targeted, and persuasive; reaches beyond selling products by realizing a values based vision; and helps organizations under siege rebuild their reputation.
Ben helps brands and organizations understand how consumers and policymakers will respond to their products, services, and campaigns. He advises high growth startups, CEOs, established Fortune 500 companies, major foundations, and advocacy organizations.
Ben was named to PR Week's 40 Under 40 list of industry leaders who "get results, never settle and represent the future of communications."
For nearly two decades Ben has also served on campaigns at the city, state, and national level and in the government on Capitol Hill and in the Obama White House. According to POLITICO, he was tasked with handling "tough questions" about "the most sensitive topics" at the White House and was one of the best sources "for intelligence on what the media are thinking and which story lines reporters are likely to pursue.”
He was the national press secretary for President Obama’s re-election campaign, press secretary for then-Congressman Sherrod Brown’s campaign for Senate, communications director for Rahm Emanuel’s first campaign for Mayor and White House spokesman for the efforts to confirm Justices Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court. He has also served as an adjunct instructor in crisis management at NYU's School of Professional Studies.
In the media:
After Charlottesville, CEOs need to do what Trump won't (Op-ed, CNBC)
The Obama Generation (Politico)