Benjamin grew up in a thriving Central Ohio economy among a multi-generational family of builders and real estate entrepreneurs which exposed him to development at an early age. He has been engaged in all aspects of his family’s real estate companies since he was a teenager.
While earning his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Real Estate at The Ohio State University, Benjamin mentored via several organizations and was the Alumni Relations Chair on the Club Lacrosse Board. During his senior year, he served in a strategic role with Community Development for All People (CD4AP), a community development organization, that partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital on community health initiatives. Benjamin developed strategies for CD4AP to deploy $50 million in affordable housing investment and solicited several Ohio State faculty members and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to research how CD4AP could facilitate the creation of “bridging social capital” among the community’s diverse residents.
After graduating in 2018, Benjamin acquired his Ohio Real Estate License and was on an R&D team within KBK Enterprises, a LIHTC-focused developer. Last year, he participated in the Design Discovery Program at Harvard GSD and he continues in roles of property management and project management for his family’s businesses.
At MIT, Benjamin aspires to develop in-depth knowledge of interdisciplinary design, mixed-income housing development, and finance. His ultimate goal is to utilize real estate development to promote sustainable social health and strong communities in his hometown of Columbus, OH.