Ben SeigelExecutive Director

Ben Seigel joined Johns Hopkins University in February 2016 as the inaugural executive director of 21CC. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day functioning of the initiative, guides applied research activities, and seeks to ensure that 21CC’s research translates into action-oriented policy solutions. Ben served in the Obama Administration from 2010-16, where he was a senior adviser in the office of Labor Secretary Tom Perez and director of the Labor Department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He helped lead the administration’s job-driven training initiative, a multi-agency project crafted to better align federal job training programs with employer demand, and the Administration’s strategies for addressing long-term unemployment. Ben also worked on President Barack Obama’s place-based initiatives, a series of government strategies integrating federal programs in a way best suited to the specific needs of certain neighborhoods, cities, or regions. As part of this work, Ben stood up and led the Obama Administration’s Baltimore Federal Task Force, guiding senior-level staff across more than a dozen agencies and the White House to bring enhanced federal assistance to Baltimore in the aftermath of the April 2015 unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. Previously, Ben was senior vice president at Seedco, a national nonprofit community development organization, where he oversaw national program development, policy, and technical assistance activities. Ben holds a degree in political science from Swarthmore College and a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He also serves on the board of the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore.

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