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 conducts research and publishes reports on economic development, political and social issues impacting Native Americans and Native communities. He also leads and performs the program evaluation efforts for a variety of First Nations projects. Additionally, Benjamin manages First Nations’ financial empowerment and asset-building projects, as well as many youth 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’ Fredericksburg, Virginia field office.