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Ben Head

Political Director | Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

"Chicago is at a historic turning point — economically, socially —and I will continue to elect leaders that work to bring our city closer to justice and equity."


Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado at Boulder, '07

Fun fact: I spent a few years living in the Illinois Quad Cities (Moline, specifically) and consider it a second home.

Benjamin Head is a campaign manager, community organizer, and political professional whose coalition-based organizing work has helped shape the political landscape in Illinois. Benjamin began his career as campaign manager, leading several dark horse candidates to unexpected victories. In 2016, Benjamin joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s team as Political Director. In addition to his work for Congresswoman Schakowsky, Ben manages and consults on a variety of progressive electoral and issue-based campaigns.

Also in 2016, Benjamin co-founded Men4Choice, an organization dedicated to educating men to be better partners and allies in the fight for reproductive justice. Men4Choice was recently honored with Personal PAC’s Irving B. Harris Spirit of Choice award for its work in Illinois.

He also co-founded The Grass Roots Research Project, a nonprofit that uses large-scale data and digital surveys to study the burgeoning Resistance movement.

As the 2013 New Leaders Council Chicago Fellows Class Chair and former Chair of the NLC Chicago Mentorship and Recruitment Committees, Benjamin has spent years tutoring and advising up-and-coming activists and candidates.

Benjamin also serves as Organizing Consultant to Citizen Action-Illinois, the state’s largest public interest organization, where he helps to craft community organizing strategies around social and economic issues.

As a trainer for the National Democratic Training Committee, the Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association, and numerous local organizations, Benjamin has personally trained thousands of volunteers and activists.

Benjamin was recently awarded the 2017 Patrick S. Botterman Leadership Award for this work and for his commitment to empowering the next generation of progressive organizers.