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A Warm Welcome to our Newest Board Member: Ben Wilson!

Author: Jefferson Land Trust | 10/30/23

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Jefferson Land Trust Board of Directors: Ben Wilson!

Man standing in garden

Board member Ben Wilson

Ben joins the Land Trust after a 35-year career in healthcare and technology, having started companies like BabyCenter, Consumer Health Interactive, and Together Senior Health and worked for multinational corporations including Intel and Citrix. He currently serves on multiple nonprofit boards, including the Olympic Housing Trust and the Jefferson County Farmers Markets, and is President of the Board for Climate Action Pathways for Schools.

Ben is also closely involved with the BIPOC community in Jefferson County, including with Well Organized and Nourish Beloved Community. He holds an MBA and a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a degree in Political Science from Stanford.

After visiting our region many times over the last 20 years to be close to their adult children who live in Seattle, Ben and his wife Suzanne moved to Port Townsend in 2020. Having grown up in the Napa Valley in a small town in an agricultural region, Ben feels he’s returning to his roots.

Ben supports the Land Trust because he believes owning land, and specifically farmland, is especially critical for marginalized communities; Malcolm X famously said, “Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality.”

In his free time, Ben enjoys writing songs and performing as part of a duo called Wilderson (find them on Instagram @wildersonpt).