Program Specialist, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ben O’Dell serves within Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ben is a recognized expert on facilitating partnerships between faith-based, philanthropic, and community organizations and government at all levels. Ben’s interest in strengthening local faith-based and community leaders and community engagement principles to religious, community, and government interest has led him to develop deep relationships, knowledge, and expertise on a broad range of issues. Throughout his nineteen year tenure in the Center, Ben served in many roles including just recently as an Advisor at the White House Partnerships Office and as Designated Federal Officer to the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Ben received his Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management in 2007 from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Ben resides outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife, Kristin, and their two kids.