A lifelong Illinois resident, Rosemaria DiBenedetto has built her reputation on her political acumen and her unique ability to create press for clients.
The media exposure she gets has created publicity for clients on all levels of media—national, state and local.
Rosemaria is a high demand professional, advising political clients and public office holders on media presence and crisis management.
She is described by her clients as highly energetic, professional, reliable, focused and results oriented.
Rosemaria served as the Campaign Manager for the Illinois Vision 20/20. An initiative designed and sponsored by the largest education associations in Illinois.
Vision 20/20’s goal is to fulfill the promise of public education which is to guarantee every student equal access to a quality education.
She organized the Chicago and suburban media roll-out and has assisted with in downstate media outlets as well.
Since July 2010, Rosemaria has been a consultant in two capacities for Illinois American Water (IAW), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water. She serves as an external affairs consultant covering media requests and other projects for the entire Chicago Metro area.
For six years, she served as the full-time press secretary for the 31,000-member Chicago Teachers Union, the third largest teachers union in the nation. In her press secretary capacity, she advised the union president on all media-related and communication matters, responded to all media inquiries, set up press conferences, handled crisis communications and participated in various projects including event planning, polling, teleconferences and member surveys. With the appointment of Arne Duncan as U.S. Education Secretary, Rosemaria’s media contacts grew beyond Chicago and Illinois and included many national and even international media outlets.
Early in her career, she served as the director of community relations for Thornton Township, the largest township in Illinois. From 1994-1998, she supervised a staff of nine and was responsible for publicizing all township programs and services. As director, she generated a quarterly newsletter with a circulation of 70,000, prepared annual budgets, produced video programs for cable access and coordinated an annual legislative dinner. During her tenure, the township increased participation in programs, improved public awareness of services and greater visibility in the 17 township communities.
Rosemaria holds a Masters in Public and Social Administration from Brunel University near London, England and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. She also completed coursework through a study abroad program at the Il Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri, Florence, Italy.
Rosemaria and her family reside in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.