THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2014
White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture
Benjamin Marks joined First Nations Development Institute in 2012. He supports the Senior Director of Research, Policy and Asset-Building Programs by conducting research and data collection, performing detailed analysis and evaluation, and writing comprehensive reports. Additionally, Benjamin serves as a program officer on several youth and financial empowerment projects.
Previously, Benjamin worked at Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps as a data analyst for the Behavioral Health Branch, where he compiled, analyzed and reported on behavioral health indicators for Marines and their families. He also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Rural Dynamics, Inc. in Montana, where he developed a financial education program for low-income Montanans that is now being utilized throughout the region, and worked closely with the Montana Financial Education Coalition performing communications and outreach.
Benjamin received his M.A. in sociology from the University of California, Riverside in 2012, and graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2008 with a B.A. in sociology. He works out of First Nations’ field office in Fredericksburg, Virginia.