Putting Chicago on the map
Ben Berlin is working to put Chicago on the map of the most innovative cities, and his charisma is contagious. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ben understands firsthand how important a strong and diversified economic foundation is for a city. As the Corporate Engagement Manager at World Business Chicago (WBC), Ben works with private corporations, foundations, city officials, and individuals to help fund economic development projects that will improve the city and its inhabitants.
In his two years at WBC, Ben has helped raised more than $10 million for the organization. More importantly, he is breaking down barriers between the public and private communities by creating partnerships between WBC and Chicago’s top businesses. In addition, Ben is a critical player in building and executing the innovative Fellowship Program that employs talent from local businesses to use their expertise towards important projects within the Mayor’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs.
Ben graduated from Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business in 2015, where he was President of the Entrepreneurship Club. Prior to that, he spent a year in Israel learning its unique history and culture. Ben continues to work with budding entrepreneurs, advising them as a Mentor and Coach through JCC Chicago’s PresenTense Fellowship Program. Ben is also a decorated competitive BBQ champion. He lives with his wife Elana and their dog Stevie Nicks in Lakeview.
Employer: World Business Chicago
Title: Corporate Engagement Manager
Grad Date: May 2015