Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Communications
Ben brings over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, business development, CSR, sales and marketing to The Freshwater Trust. In his role as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Communications, his responsibilities include overseeing organization-wide strategic partnerships and communications, cultivating long-term philanthropic relationships with major and principal donors, foundations, and corporate partners, as well as managing digital strategy, marketing and engagement.
Prior to joining TFT, he worked in philanthropic and sponsorship roles for NPR stations and nonprofits throughout the West, followed by strategy and engagement roles with corporate partners focused on integrating environmental concerns into their operations and interactions with stakeholders. Ben’s emphasis has always been on finding ways to bridge the gap between corporate dollars and nonprofits focused on quantifiable results. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media Production.
Outside of his philanthropic work, Ben enjoys fly fishing, camping, surfing, playing music with friends, and riding his motorcycle along backroads in search of the perfect spot to camp and explore a river.
Ben’s Why: Rivers and forests have been important to me throughout my life, and I am proud to work with an organization tasked with protecting them. I grew up on the James River in Virginia, where I spent countless days exploring and falling in love with these natural resources. Freshwater is essential to our future and I’m honored to be on the front lines helping to protect it.
Home River: James River, Virginia