Ben serves or has served on several non-profit boards, including the Rare Cancer Research Foundation, the Chordoma Foundation, the Sall Family Foundation, the A.M. and Ruth Z. Fleishman Foundation, and on the boards of his alma maters, Duke School and the Duke University.
Ben is a graduate of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, graduating with a bachelor's degree with dual majors in civil & environmental engineering and public policy studies. He received Pratt's Distinguished Young Alumnus award in 2019.
Ben is a co-founder and Managing Director of Modern Energy, a holding company for clean energy businesses leading the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. Modern Energy partners with clean energy business leaders to scale innovations in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and storage. Today, Ben serves primarily in two roles at Modern Energy: as Executive Chairman and Head of Investments.
Prior to co-founding Modern Energy, Ben was the President of American Efficient, which partners with manufacturers, retailers, contractors, developers, distributors, electric utilities, and grid operators to develop and manage portfolios of energy efficiency resources. He acquired and incubated American Efficient in 2013 following a multi-year search for an energy efficiency business model that could bring energy efficiency resources to market at scale. Today, American Efficient is a fully-owned subsidiary of Modern Energy.
As a member of Class 14, Ben served his fellowship at the Westly Group under the mentorship of Mike Dorsey and Managing Partner Steve Westly.