Ben’s work at Karen Karp & Partners includes food system mapping, data visualization, program and event design, and research and analysis. In addition to extensive work in NYC, he has managed or supported KK&P projects in Maine, Louisiana, and New York’s Hudson Valley.
Prior to joining KK&P, Ben was project coordinator for Ohio State University’s Mapping the Food Environment research project, evaluating the food environment of central Columbus. Ben also coordinated OSU’s Agroecosystems Management Program, an interdisciplinary program focused on healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities. He received master’s degrees in environmental science (with an Agroecosystems Science specialization) and city & regional planning from OSU in 2013. Prior to moving to Ohio for graduate school, he lived in Brooklyn and worked as associate director of artist residencies for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, an arts nonprofit based in NYC’s Financial District.
Having personally experienced many sectors of the food system, including industrial processing of green peas in Idaho, serving organic and local foods in restaurants in the Northwest and Manhattan, growing vegetables on rooftops in Brooklyn and Columbus (including his own), and avidly cooking at home, Ben brings a passionate and engaged perspective to his projects. Ben is a native of Idaho and holds a BA in theater from Whitman College.