Since its founding in 2014, Benchmark Strategies has provided services to a broad and diverse base of clients including Fortune 500 companies and startups, non-profit institutions, industry trade groups, real estate developers and many more.
Patrick Bench is the Founder of Benchmark Strategies. In this role, he provides public affairs and lobbying counsel to clients. Patrick specializes in economic development and procurement advisory services.
Patrick founded Benchmark Strategies in 2014 after years of leadership in executive government offices, specializing in economic development and international affairs.
Prior to launching Benchmark Strategies, Patrick served for five years as a Vice President of Public Affairs at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications. Preceding Rasky Baerlein, Patrick served for five years in economic development roles in Governor Mitt Romney’s and Governor Deval Patrick’s Administrations, primarily as the Director of Business Development for the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI).
Patrick is a Bachelor of Political Science graduate from Providence College, with a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University. He lives with his wife and daughters in Boston, Massachusetts.
Favorite vacation spot is Barranquilla, Colombia
As a Public Relations Associate, Shelly supports the public affairs team by developing and coordinating strategic communications campaigns for our clients.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Shelly obtained nearly a decade of newsroom experience to the table as an Emmy nominated assignment and video editor. She has worked in three different markets, including Washington, DC, and Boston.
Shelly received Mass Communications degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in History, specializing in British History and African Studies. She and her son live in the Boston Metro area.
Shelly has previously lived in the Barbados for a month.
As Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Brian Domoretsky focuses on state and municipal government affairs and public sector business development. He also leads Benchmark’s regional State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Advisory Practice for New England and other states.
Brian joined Benchmark after serving eight years at the cabinet level of government in the Commonwealth for Governors Baker and Patrick. Most recently, Brian served as an Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff to Secretary/CIO Curt Wood at the Executive Office of Technology Services & Security (EOTSS). Before that, Brian managed a $1.1B budget as the Secretariat Chief Financial Officer for the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security (EOPSS). Earlier in his career, Brian was a Legislative Aide and Campaign Manager for the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation – State Representative Paul C. Casey of Winchester. He was also the 2014 campaign manager that helped State Representative Michael S. Day become the first Stoneham candidate to win a seat in over 40 years.
In between government service, Brian was Director of Communications & Development and a Wealth Management Advisor at Commonwealth Financial Group in Boston.
Brian received a BA in Economics from Boston College. He currently resides in Stoneham, MA.
Brian is a mild-mannered professional by day and a rock guitarist by night.
As a Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Susan leads the company’s communications practice.
Susan joined Benchmark after more than six years working for a full-service public relations agency, and after 16 years as the Director of Communications for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city’s planning and economic development agency (d.b.a Boston Planning and Development Agency). In both the public and private sector’s Susan brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications and message development, media relations, and issues and crisis management.
Susan holds with pride, a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and twin daughters.
When I’m not at work, you’ll find me: Traveling. I live to travel.
As a Senior Public Relations Associate, Colleen helps lead Benchmark’s growing real estate development communications practice by supporting our clients’ public relations efforts through all phases of real estate development, from initial permitting to final approval.
Colleen joined Benchmark after working at a full-service consulting agency where she developed and implemented effective legislative and public affairs campaigns for a diverse base of corporate and non-profit clients.
Colleen graduated from Fairfield University where she received a B.A in Political Science and English Literature and currently resides in the South End.
Colleen recently completed her first marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and looks forward to her next.
As an Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs, Nicole leads the firm’s Massachusetts public policy reporting practice, providing updates to clients on legislative committee action and bill hearings as well as news from the state Legislature, Supreme Judicial Court, and Executive Departments and Agencies.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Nicole interacted with the political system on a local level through an internship in the Office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) and served as an intern in the Rhode Island State House with Representative Robert E. Craven.
Nicole is a proud graduate of Providence College, where she received a degree in Political Science and English and currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
When I’m not at work, you’ll find me: At the gym – I love 6am workout classes, especially boxing! You can also find me walking my 4-year-old yellow lab named Harper.
As Operations Manager, Sarah is the lead for compliance, accounting, benefits, and administration while supporting the team to meet all goals set by clients.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Sarah worked as an early education teacher and as a research assistant for different labs and centers.
Sarah is a Northeastern alum with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and minor in Criminal Justice and currently resides in New Jersey.
Fun fact: Sarah has dyed her hair every color of the rainbow.
As an Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs, Jessica areas of focus and expertise include renewable energy and sustainability, intergovernmental relations, public policymaking and execution, and press and media relations.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Jessica served six years at the City of Boston as the Chief of Staff to former Boston City Councilor and Council President Pro Tempore Matt O’Malley. She oversaw and managed a team of legislative staff and neighborhood liaisons for a Council district that represents five Boston neighborhoods.
Jessica is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she received a degree in Politics and Gender Studies and currently resides in Dorchester.
Fun fact: Jessica has ridden a camel in the Sahara.
As Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Joseph leads on business development, real estate development, and government affairs.
Joseph is a seasoned government, political, development and operations advisor with two decades of experience at all levels.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Joseph has served in senior leadership roles in the administrations of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Governor Deval Patrick. He also worked for the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and as Chief Administrative Officer for the Boston 2024 Partnership, the organization seeking to bring the Olympics and Paralympic Summer Games to Boston. Joseph then served on the Norwell Select Board.
Joseph is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and resides in Norwell, Massachusetts with his family.
Joe has run 4 out of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors series to date.
As a Vice President of Media Strategy, Elysia provides a modern approach to PR and outreach through content creation and storytelling.
Prior to joining Benchmark, Elysia worked more than 15 years in television news as an Emmy award winning journalist. She worked across the country but most of her work had been in New England – with the CBS station in Providence, RI and the NBC station in Springfield, MA. She also spent the last 6 years in Boston at NECN/NBC10 Boston and then Boston 25 News.
Elysia is a graduate of Roger Williams University, where she earned degrees in communications and political science, and lives in Southern Massachusetts with her daughter.