Writer, Small Business Owner, and community developer in Atlanta, GA
Benjamin remains the consummate professional who brings his passion and experience to the table to impact change in varied and diverse environments.
He is equipped with a quiet demeanor, focused drive, strong determination, proven leadership abilities and a creative knack for problem solving. Benjamin is a compassionate, hard-working individual who believes fairness and equality are the cornerstone to a happy life.
He is the second youngest of a six brothers. Although he born into a single parent household on Buffalo's East side, Benjamin spent much of his life between New Orleans / Baton Rouge, LA and Washington, DC.
While in Baton Rouge, Benjamin attended Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. As a student, Benjamin served as Student Government Association Men's Federation President; Vice President of Southern University's chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS); as well as President and co-founder a peer mentoring organization called The FIRM.
Since college, Benjamin has continued his service to the community. Beginning in 2008, where he served as an Executive Board Member (2008 - 2012) for the Northern Virginia Urban League's Young Professionals Network. During the same time, he also assisted with development and growth of a grassroots organization, which now operates its Wise Young Builders program in Buffalo, NY and throughout the Washington, DC area.
Benjamin also served twelve (12) years with the United States Department of Agriculture. While there he worked as a loan specialist for the Community Facilities Program of Rural Development. As a national office employee, Benjamin worked to oversee a loan and loan guarantee portfolio of more than $6 billion. His accomplishments include creating the Community Facilities' National Office credit analysis tool. A tool responsible for testing the credit worthiness of loan applications exceeding $3 million. He was also responsible for the successful program administration of a multi-trillion dollar program increase brought about by the 2009 Stimulus Act. Benjamin was also responsible for leading an Agency wide initiative - Cultural Transformation - to improve the morale within Rural Development.
Benjamin looks to use his experience as a community developer to assist with transforming marginalized and distressed communities.
You can view more of his work at www.assemblethepeople.com.