Benjamin is the Value Chain Specialist for La Montañita Co-op, a retail cooperative and regional food distributor in New Mexico. In this capacity, Benjamin identifies and facilitates market opportunities for local farmers and ranchers, in addition to providing technical assistance around food safety and wholesale buyer expectations. He has more than sixteen years of experience in the food industry, including professional development at the Culinary Institute of America and the University of Vermont’s Food Hub Management program. Benjamin was previously the Food Access Director at the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture in Washington, DC. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University.