Ben grew up on a farm in Missouri and has loved the outdoors ever since. For decades, he has fought for our environment and healthy communities, through teaching, leading expeditions, owning small businesses, and practicing environmental law. Mostly recently, he ran his own small law firm representing clients in the outdoor education industry.
Previously, Ben worked at Conservation Law Foundation, litigating energy and climate change cases involving electric utilities, natural gas companies, and the clean energy sector. His practice also included working on resilient agricultural policy at the local, state, and federal levels, and spearheading the launch of a statewide legal services organization for sustainable food and agriculture businesses. After graduating from Cornell Law School, Ben clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Ben loves organizing things. His favorite volunteer opportunities have included industrial dish washing, parking thousands of cars, and sorting recycling and compost at large festivals.