Ben wrestles economic, consumer behavior, management, and policy questions through Filene Research Institute's research pipeline. Sometimes Ben wins. Sometimes the research wins. As the nonprofit's research director, he speaks widely on credit union topics and has authored nearly twenty Filene reports, on topics as divergent as young adult financial behavior, service channel delivery, noninterest income, and co-operative management.
Ben served previously as director of Filene's CU Tomorrow project. Before coming to the nonprofit, he was a Congressional reporter in Washington, D.C., editor of The CEO Report and chairman of the National Directors’ Convention. Ben has been cited broadly, including in CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Credit Union Journal, Credit Union Times, and American Banker. In a prior incarnation, he helped publish a startup magazine about fatherhood. Knowing little about fatherhood or magazine publishing, he moved quickly to business journalism.
Ben holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from Brigham Young University. He and his family reside in Madison, Wisconsin.