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Susan Elsbree

Senior Vice President


As a senior vice president, Susan will lead the company’s real estate development communications practice.  Elsbree comes to the firm 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) where she oversaw all aspects of communications for every development and planning initiative in the city of Boston from 1998-2014. 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.


At Benchmark, Elsbree will work with our team of experts on all aspects of the business. While she has particular expertise in real estate development, navigating billions of dollars in commercial development projects through the public process, she will apply her skills to our growing clientele. Her knowledge of and passion for urban revitalization and smart development will help take clients from permitting and community relations through the sale and leasing life cycle of a project, with integrated, digital, and earned media strategies.


Susan holds with pride, a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and twin daughters.