What drives me: helping people and organizations amplify the impact of a meaningful mission.
I do this by helping organizations find and leverage their strongest assets to accelerate purpose-driven work. Whether in public policy, nonprofit program development, or cross-organizational partnerships, I use my wide-ranging background in strategy, data-driven analysis, and digital platforms, to build a participatory framework that can transform lean resources into outsized results.
“Benjamin is a true professional and was wonderful to work with during his tenure at JSTOR.”
— Laura Brown, Managing Director, JSTOR
How did I get here?
With university degrees in the humanities, of course. Chaffing aside, in-depth research in the humanities—complemented by some training in economics and business analytics—provides a robust foundation of historical, cultural, and analytical frameworks.
Whether helping shape business strategy and program development at nonprofits like JSTOR / ITHAKA (a leading online scholarly database with 6 million monthly users), devising on-the-ground organizing strategies for the Obama Campaign, or spearheading novel solutions to overcoming a historical budget deficit at the American Red Cross, strong research and analysis skills combined with an eye for the broad view have been critical.
Similarly, leading detail-oriented projects with urgent deadlines, including the complete overhaul of a best-selling publication for The Princeton Review, was a crash-course in turning lean resources to advantage, while managing competing priorities. This held me in good stead at the Department of State, where policy-making must often account for diverging needs.
"We need more diplomats with Benjamin's impressive combination of analytical talent and common sense... He is the real deal."
— Christopher Palmer, Senior Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Having contributed to the early development of core products for companies such as Adobe and Microsoft has given me an eye for where and how technology can be effectively deployed in both managing and maximizing project outcomes.
What I did before finding my way to strategy and analysis.
I grew comfortable engaging arduous audiences and supporting performance growth as a Faculty Fellow at Columbia University, where I also served as University Senator. I held other teaching posts at Princeton University and the École Normale Supérieure in France, and was frequently elected by my peers to boards and executive committees.
"I cannot overstate Benjamin’s pedagogical skills and the high quality of his teaching. Benjamin is conscientious, competent and generous with his time."
— Véronique Rancurel, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
This service aspect of mission-driven work has been a common thread throughout my professional life, just as a deep-rooted commitment to community service and tackling social justice issues has played a recurring role in my personal life. Along with an innate curiosity, these are the traits that motivate the exacting care with which I embark on each new project.
"During the years we worked together, Benjamin displayed intelligence, creativeness, professionalism, and unbound curiosity."
— Pierre Force, Professor & Dean of Humanities (fmr), Columbia University
For more about my work history and education, see the portfolio.