Ben Reuler is Connector Director at Seattle Works, a local civic organization where people connect to causes and to each other through a wide range of volunteer service, leadership training, and meet-up experiences. He is committed to undoing white supremacy norms in the nonprofit sector; he has authored numerous pieces reflecting on Seattle Works’s journey to build an antiracist organization, and often speaks about this work to other groups and audiences.
After nearly a decade as a direct service provider (shelter, home visitor), Ben became a Licensed Social Worker and spent six years as the Executive Director of LIFT-Chicago, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by building families’ well-being, financial strength, and social connections throughout Chicago.
Ben earned his MSW from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Bachelors degree in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound. In 2016 he was honored with the Social Impact Award from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Alumni Association. In 2018, he was one of 130 people across the country invited to attend Harvard Business School's Young American Leaders Program; additionally, he is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and was an Ion Fellow with Washington Technology Industry Association. Ben recently served three years on the international Affiliate Assembly for Points of Light, the world's leading organization dedicated to the power of volunteerism. He has been a lifelong volunteer, and was honored with the Akemi Tanemura Service Award for Exemplary Efforts in Community Outreach by his undergraduate institution.