Benjamin J. Vann

Entrepreneur, Advocate, and Speaker in Dallas, Texas

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Benjamin J. Vann {BJ} is a dynamic up servant leader, entrepreneur, strategist, and public speaker in Dallas, TX.

He currently serves as the North Texas Donor Engagement Officer at The Trust for Public Land. In this role he engages the philanthropic community for support in green initiatives and health programs that create parks and green development for people in North Texas.

Previously he worked at Fidelity Investments as a Financial Analyst and ended his corporate stint in 2016 specializing in philanthropic guidance leveraging Fidelity Investments Donor Advised Fund (DAF). He was responsible for managing relationships and fundraising from the central to west coast states, contributing over 3.1 B to charities across the globe.

He is also an enterprise entrepreneur as the Founder of Impact House, Dallas - A collaborative community work space focusing on diversity in technoloy, entrepreneurship, and social good located in the heart of Dallas, Exposition Park area, Co-Director in a start-up not-for-profit Dallas Black Professionals Social Network, public affairs consultant, and Managing Partner with Big Dawg Freight. He is an active community organizer, advisory board member, public speaker/facilitator, and youth mentor.

He has been noted and recognized for his work as a community change agent organizing initiatives across the city of Dallas focused in local voter turnout and civic engagement, economic empowerment and job access, police and community relations, gang violence and crime reduction, and domestic violence awareness. He was named 40 under 40 professionals to watch by i10 magazine Dallas Edition, #BlackDFWMatters community influencer, Who's Who in Black Dallas 3rd Edition featuring some of the most influential and prominent public figures in the Dallas community, featured on the cover of Be Great Magazine Dallas Millennials Edition, 2016 Mayors Star Council Fellow, and member of the Social Venture Partners Inaugural Dana Juette Social Venture Leadership Residency.

Benjamin is a long time musician and was a stand out athlete at the NCAA Collegiate, and Professional Indoor Football level. He received his BBA in Finance with a minor in Marketing at Washburn University.

  • Education
    • Washburn University