Ben is the primary public and specialized transportation planner for the Greater Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MPO), as well as assisting with non-motorized transportation planning, the Congestion Management Process, public participation and Title VI, and administering the MPO's Section 5310 and Transportation Alternatives Programs. Prior to joining the MPO in January 2019, Ben was a transportation and land use planner for the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ), Alaska. Ben led Juneau’s non-motorized and transit planning projects as well as comprehensive, small-area, and parking management plans. During this time, Ben also served as staff to coordinated transportation providers, provided mobility management and travel training assistance to agencies, and worked to prevent and remove barriers to access. After leaving the CBJ, Ben facilitated community integration outings by foot, wheelchair, and transit for adults experiencing disabilities in Portland, Oregon.
Ben holds degrees in both Environmental Studies and Urban Planning from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He brings years of experience as a K-12 instructor and an outdoor educator to his planning work in community outreach and engagement, having taught alpine skiing and snowboarding throughout the west and guided hiking and mountain biking trips in Alaska. He is a year-round bike commuter who believes that equitable transportation systems are critical to empowering disadvantaged and marginalized communities, and who strives to facilitate access and freedom of movement for those populations at every opportunity.