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Although my background spans multiple functions across several sectors, a singular aim underlies my professional endeavors: enabling organizations to amplify the impact of their mission through effective program development and management. From public policy to thought leadership, and digital frameworks to strategic partnerships, I've had the immense privilege of leading teams and projects to outcomes that consistently surpassed targets—and significantly strengthened organizational impact.

“Benjamin has a keen eye for the big picture, and a superb track record of insightful, data-driven analysis.”
— Allan Luks, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters (fmr)

Some of these past roles, along with a few other tidbits:

Vital Stats


Phi Beta Kappa, UC Regents Scholar
  • PhD, Columbia University
  • Credential, Harvard Business School
  • MA & BA, UCLA

Some organizations I've worked with

Adobe Systems, American Council of Learned Societies, American Red Cross, Columbia Law School, Columbia University, École Normale Supérieure, Google Inc., JSTOR, Microsoft Inc., National Humanities Alliance, Obama Campaign, Princeton University, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Princeton Review, U.S. Department of State

What I've done there

  • Analysis (qualitative & quantitative)
  • Business strategy
  • Community development & organizing
  • Cross-organizational project leadership
  • Digital platform strategy & development
  • Foreign policy
  • International relations & diplomacy
  • Lean & agile project management
  • Market sizing
  • Program management & development
  • Strategic consulting
  • Technology & new media consulting
“Benjamin is an amazingly-effective program manager who oversaw the successful execution of our collaborations with Google.”
— Deirdre Ryan, Director, Primary Sources, JSTOR
“Benjamin jumped in with his superior organizational and interpersonal skills to bring important and complex projects to successful completion under tight deadlines.”
— Stephen Kidd, Executive Director, National Humanities Alliance
“Benjamin's analyses were models of succinctness and clarity that showed a mature grasp of the policy implications.”
— Gary Clements, Division Chief, U.S. Department of State

A few of my interests

Education policy & ed tech, foreign affairs and public policy, literacy mentorship, new technologies, social justice issues, social sector innovations


  • Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow
  • NYC Service Leader Award, City of New York
  • Otis Fellows Doctoral Award, Columbia University
  • Presidential Service Award, Columbia University
  • Rockefeller Fellow, Princeton University
  • Volunteer Partnership Award, American Red Cross

Drop me a line for more info.

Benjamin Young is a strategist, program manager, and mission amplifier.

I use my background in cross-sector leadership, strategy, and data analytics to help organizations accelerate the impact of their missions. If I can help, or you would just like to connect, please be in touch: