Ben Feldman currently serves as the Executive Director for the national Farmers Market Coalition, where he previously worked as the Policy Director. Ben has spent his career in farmers markets. Prior to joining the Farmers Market Coalition, Ben worked at the Ecology Center where he helped found the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets, served as vice-chair of the CDFA Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee, administered the California Market Match Program, and championed policy to connect low-income shoppers and farmers at farmers’ market. Ben also worked for the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association where he managed the first farmers market on a Kaiser Permanente campus.
Ben also has experience on the other side of the table, having sold produce and baked goods at farm stands and farmers markets. Ben is a graduate of the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems program and holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Riverside. Ben resides in Albany, California (Lijsan Ohlone Territory) with his partner, two kids and any number of pets.