Michael Benami Doyle
Manager of Economic Development Initiatives at Alliance for Regional Development & Chicago Central Area Committee
- Chicago, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area)
- Nonprofit Organization Management
Michael Benami Doyle's Overview
- Manager of Economic Development Initiatives at Alliance for Regional Development | Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC)
- Writer & Strategy Consultant at mikedoyleblogger.com
- Online Communications Coordinator at National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter
- Account Executive Consultant at Thinkinc Strategy
- Land Research & Conservation Specialist at Neighborspace Land Trust
- ESL Instructor at Poder Learning Center
- Commission Salesperson at The Great Indoors
- Community Planner at Edwards & Kelcey Engineers (E&K)
- Web Producer at About.com, Inc.
- Associate Director at Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (PCAC)
- Transportation Planner at Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (PCAC)
Michael Benami Doyle's Summary
Wide-ranging strategic planning, project management, stakeholder communications, and development experience in the non-profit and public sectors. Skilled at brand ambassadorship, strategic messaging, event management, fund development and donor management, full-spectrum media relations, and production and maintenance of organizational websites and newsletters. Sensitive to issues of social justice, faith, and interfaith relations.
Michael Benami Doyle's Experience
Manager of Economic Development Initiatives
Alliance for Regional Development | Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC)
January 2014 – Present (9 months) Chicago, IL
A dual role for sister organizations with common staff.
For the Alliance, focus and guide the cross-jurisdictional collaborative activities of four working teams comprised of more than 100 high-level governmental, commercial, and institutional leaders committed to improving the Chicago region’s tri-state economy in the areas of workforce development, innovation, transportation and logistics, and green growth, as part of a regional planning pilot project funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and regional sponsors in response to the recommendations of an OECD Territorial Review of the Chicago metropolitan area. Assisted in securing more than $100,000 in delayed matching funds in first eight months, and responsible for implementing 2014 sponsorship campaign. Shared responsibility for planning of December 2014 Second Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness with partner Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
For the CCAC, provide strategy and program support for Chicago’s historic growth coalition comprised of more than 100 civic leaders from the domains of architecture, planning, development, government, cultural affairs, and academia. Assisted in securing more than $50,000 in delayed membership payments in first eight months. Responsible for planning and managing monthly member luncheons with high-level guest speakers. Co-organizer of highly successful 2014 Central Area Transportation Workshop which moved the Chicago Loop Connector Project forward for the first time in 20 years.
For both organizations, perform membership and donor development and management activities, write major grant applications for public and private funders, plan and manage major monthly and annual events, produce press materials, electronic newsletters, and organizational websites, track and report on budgets and billing, develop and administer organizational databases and cloud-server systems, and provide administrative support.
Writer & Strategy Consultant
June 2006 – December 2013 (7 years 7 months) Chicago, IL & Nationally
I provided full-service comprehensive writing and strategy assistance to nonprofit and private clients. Representative projects include:
AARON RENN | URBANOPHILE BLOG (PROVIDENCE, RI)
I worked closely with Aaron to rebrand his nationally prominent urban policy blog by devising a new set of core messages and using those messages as the basis to draft new website content.
ANN POTTS | EXECUTIVE PERFORMANCE FUEL (CHICAGO, IL)
I helped Ann develop a brand for her executive coaching consultancy and website by leading her through strategic keyword exercises to identify the values and strengths embodied in her work, using them as the basis for new core messages and new website content.
MASSEY MEDIA | AFL-CIO | ACORN (WASHINGTON, DC)
I shot the influential "Jessica" interview for the "7 Days @ Minimum Wage" living-wage video blog, part of a national campaign that helped raise the wage in six states during Election 2006. The video was chosen as the centerpiece of the campaign for its heart-wrenching presentation of a real, working Chicago mom who could not afford to provide adequately for her children, and won on-screen praise from celebrity host Roseanne Barr.
COMMUNITY MEDIA WORKSHOP (CHICAGO, IL)
I was invited to write a series of best-practices articles on nonprofit blogging for the annual media guide, "Getting On the Air, Online & into Print".
ABERNATHY & ASSOCIATES (WASHINGTON, DC)
I assisted in writing copy for "Rosdev Revealed", the blog component of a successful U.S.-Canadian union organizing campaign, and translated the blog into French.
KENNETH COLE "AWEARNESS" BLOG (NEW YORK, NY)
I drafted urban and social justice-based blog posts covering a variety of topics for the experimental issue blog of apparel company Kenneth Cole.
TRIBUNE MEDIA GROUP (CHICAGO, IL)
At the invitation of the Chicago Tribune, I produced "Chicagosphere", a blog about local blogs, for the Tribune's Chicago Now blog network.
Online Communications Coordinator
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
December 2010 – September 2012 (1 year 10 months) Chicago, IL
The Society's Greater Illinois Chapter hired me to overhaul its online content strategy, manage its organizational and fundraising websites and social media presences, produce its monthly online newsletter, and ensure that all of its online channels spoke with a consistent voice. Through my work, I helped the Chapter double its social audience and raise its e-newsletter open rates by more than 50 percent.
Account Executive Consultant
November 2007 – May 2009 (1 year 7 months) Chicago, IL
While working with this boutique Chicago PR firm, I wrote a successful series of storytelling-based press releases promoting the investigative journalism of Chicago's social- and racial-justice journal, The Chicago Reporter, that helped raise public awareness of the publication and its work. Later, I consulted with the organization on a pro-bono basis to provide staff training around online content strategy and audience responsiveness.
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; SHLD; Retail industry
September 2003 – April 2004 (8 months) Chicago, IL
Emphasized benefits of ownership to build enthusiasm for purchases of high-end electronics by diverse clientele.
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Civil Engineering industry
February 2002 – April 2003 (1 year 3 months) New York, NY
Hosted public forums to solicit input on planning projects, and wrote environment impact analysis reports.
Public Company; 51-200 employees; NYT; Internet industry
February 1999 – April 2002 (3 years 3 months) New York, NY
Produced original content including local interviews and visitor guides, and managed an online community forum.
Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (PCAC)
May 2000 – January 2002 (1 year 9 months) New York, NY
I served as spokesperson, governmental and media liaison, lead researcher, and webmaster for this legislatively mandated transit-rider representative body in the New York metropolitan area. During my tenure, I researched and wrote a series of analytic reports on subway, bus, and commuter rail service and usability, including managing volunteer field research and presenting the findings to leading news media.
Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (PCAC)
February 1998 – May 2000 (2 years 4 months) New York, NY
In my debut position with the PCAC, I hosted public forums, researched and wrote analytical reports on transit service, and provided public-interest oversight on all NYC-area public transit capital project technical committees.
Michael Benami Doyle's Skills & Expertise
- Media Relations
- Strategic Communications
- Public Relations
- Public Speaking
- Content Strategy
- Press Releases
- Social Media
- Public Policy
- Strategic Messaging
- Strategic Branding
- New Media
- Event Planning
- Social Networking
- Email Marketing
- Community Development
- Community Management
- Strategic Positioning
- Public Outreach
- Re:Ignition CMS
- Content Management
- Google Analytics
- Social Engagement
- Issue Organizing
- Campaign Messaging
- Community Engagement
- Qualitative Research
- Quantitative Research
- Message Development
- Community Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Project Management
- Nonprofit Management
- Non-profit Fund Development
- Donor Management
- Strategic Planning
- Brand Ambassadorship
Michael Benami Doyle's Languages
English(Native or bilingual proficiency)
Spanish(Limited working proficiency)
French(Limited working proficiency)
Portuguese(Limited working proficiency)
Hebrew(Limited working proficiency)
Michael Benami Doyle's Education
Michael Benami Doyle's Additional Information
Urban Affairs, Land-Use Planning, Public Transit, Economic Development, Urban History, Architecture, Public Participation, Social Justice, Environmental Justice, Blogging, Social Media, Jewish Community Engagement, Jewish Community Outreach, Jew-By-Choice Outreach, Jewish Liturgical History, Interdenominational Relations, Interfaith Relations
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