Ben serves in the Planning and Environmental Services Unit as a Resilience Professional focusing on coastal military installations and surrounding communities. He is primarily tasked with harnessing a broad array of resources aligned with the Network for Engineering with Nature, a partnership founded by UGA and the US Army Corps of Engineers, to advance infrastructure projects that support climate resilience and military readiness while generating social, environmental and economic co-benefits.
Prior to joining the Institute of Government in 2022, Ben established the Conservation Department at the Jekyll Island Authority and directed the program for over a decade. He also serves on the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Advisory Board and was a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in 2011 supporting the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration.
M.S. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia; B.A. Environmental Science, University of Virginia
Areas of Expertise:
Conservation and Natural Resources Management, Sustainable Development, Coastal Policy and Best Practice, Climate Resilience, Nature-based Solutions, Ecological Restoration, Strategic Planning and Facilitation, Program/Project Development