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Patrick Toomey is a partner at Breakthrough Campaigns with extensive experience using research to build campaign and communications strategies. Patrick was part of the team that conducted the polling and message consulting for the Obama White House and has developed winning strategies for everything from tossup Senate races to progressive ballot initiatives in red states.


He has worked with organizations like DSCC, DCCC, EMILY's List, SEIU, The Fairness Project, and State Policy Advisors to advance progressive candidates and causes across the country.

Patrick also has years of experience working with foundations, nonprofits, and advocacy groups to drive behavioral and attitudinal change. He is particularly focused on the lived experiences of young people and LGBTQ+ people – especially their political engagement, digital lives, and emotional wellbeing – and is very proud of his work as the lead researcher for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. He also has helped organizations identify content strategies to build empathy among conservatives and is passionate about efforts to prevent radicalization.


Patrick grew up year-round on Martha’s Vineyard and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in New York.



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