"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."

Ben Smith

Member of 15th Street Meeting
Ben is a birthright Quaker who was raised as a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting and is now a member of 15th Street Meeting. He graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Haverford College, and he also worked for many years on the staff of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camping Program. Ben is deputy director of legislative affairs for the New York City Department of Transportation. Previously he worked for Council Member Brad Lander as Director of Policy and Budget after working for over a decade as a program manager at the Center For Court Innovation. He received an M.P.A. from Baruch College.
Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212-979-5030
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