Growing up, Ben's mom was a high school English teacher and his dad worked for the post office. He attended Tigard-Tualatin public schools, graduating from Tualatin High School. After high school, he graduated with honors from the University of Oregon with his bachelor's degree in political science.
Later, he earned his master's degree from Stanford University in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies. His master's capstone project centered on improving Oregon's public education system with a focus on raising high school graduation rates.
Ben served on the Tigard-Tualatin School District Strategic Plan Committee in 2015-2016, helping create a vision for TTSD's future. He serves on the board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC), a youth leadership nonprofit, and started the OASC Capitol Ambassadors Program to give high school students hands-on experience with civic engagement at the state and local level.
Ben lives in Tigard and works as a legislative advocate in Salem, focusing on education policy issues. Previously, he worked for Representative Margaret Doherty (Chair of the House Education Committee) and Representative Val Hoyle in the state legislature.