Ben currently works in the Oregon State Legislature as the Legislative Assistant for the House Majority Leader; previously, he worked for the chair of the House Education Committee. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and eventually plans to attend graduate school to study education policy and management.
Coming from a long line of public school teachers, Ben has always been drawn to education and the power of teachers and coaches. He believes that student activities and athletics are critical to public education and he’s passionate about getting students engaged in civic affairs. Ben’s career goal is to work where the political process meets education policy in Oregon.
Ben has been involved with the Oregon Association of Student Councils since he first attended summer camp as a freshman in high school; since then, he has volunteered in numerous capacities with the organization and recently has been advising the Executive Director on LGBTQ issues. Through OASC, Ben met Jon and Angela (his “OASC parents”) as well as Dom, Rhett, Steph, and the rest of the gang. In addition to OASC, Ben has worked with numerous other service organizations, including Camp Kesem, for kids whose parents have been affected by cancer, and Oregon GEAR UP, which helps prepare lower income students from rural Oregon prepare for college.
In college, Ben was selected as an inaugural member of the Wayne Morse Scholars Program for his academic achievement and commitment to public service. For the last five years, he’s worked and volunteered for elected officials and political campaigns from school board to governor. In his free time, he volunteers as a high school basketball assistant and he’s known to force his friends to go hiking - even when it’s raining.