Ben Garfield joined El Pomar Foundation as a member of the Internship class of 2021 and returned to the Foundation in as a member of the Fellowship class of 2022. As a 2nd Year Fellow, Ben serves as a Senior Program Associate for American Council for Young Political Leaders, Communications, the Internship and Fellowship Round Up. In addition, Ben supports the San Luis Valley and Southeast regions.
Ben was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Social Studies. At Wesleyan, Ben served four terms as a senator on the Wesleyan Student Assembly, including two terms as the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, where he advocated for increased academic resources and new policies to support students in their academic journeys. Prior to attending Wesleyan, Ben was a member of the first graduating class of the Denver School of Science and Technology: Cole, where his leadership within the campus community helped inspire his interest in community service, civic engagement, and leadership development. Ben currently serves as a board members at Tri-Lakes Cares. In his free time, Ben enjoys watching hockey, enjoying Colorado’s outdoors, and spending time with family.