Like many of our fellow New Yorkers, I saw the 2016 presidential election as a troubling reminder that the survival of progressive, democratic values requires a dedicated and active grassroots leadership. I decided in 2017 to run for office for the first time, contesting the race for party District Leader against a long-time incumbent and won a landslide victory with overwhelming community and grassroots support.
Though a newcomer to electoral politics, I’ve had had an extensive career in public service. I was born and raised here on the Upper East Side and moved back to the neighborhood in 2016. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, I spent three years working for the State Division of the Budget in Albany. There, I helped lead efforts to streamline the State bureaucracy and deliver better performance for New Yorkers from their government. I now work as a senior public policy specialist at the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
(Views expressed here do not reflect those of Ben’s employer or any other organizational affiliation)