Ben Chase is the Managing Director of IDEO.org's Equity Practice. Based in IDEO.org's New York studio, he helps build partnerships, support and guide program teams, and chart a course for the New York studio to make an impact on both local and global challenges.
Prior to joining IDEO.org, Ben directed strategy teams at Purpose, a mission-driven consultancy and creative agency building social movements on global issues. As co-lead of the corporate practice, Ben helped brands define social impact goals and activate their audiences to realize that impact together. Previously, Ben served as a policy advisor in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, focusing on solid waste and public health. Ben began his career as an officer in the US Marine Corps, where he led teams and directed operations in the US, East Asia, and the Middle East.
A New York City native, Ben holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a specialization in marketing and an MFA in design and technology with honors from Parsons the New School for Design. Ben is an avid backcountry skier, illustrator, and a completely unsalvageable history nerd.