Ben Duda serves as the Managing Director for Corps Members and Alumni. In this role, he leads the organization on developing strategies and resources for service year corps members and alumni to be successful in their service years and beyond.
Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Ben Duda served as executive director of AmeriCorps Alums since 2011 and helped lead the acquisition that brought AmeriCorps Alums to Service Year Alliance Under his leadership, AmeriCorps Alums designed professional development and leadership opportunities for national service alumni, expanded partnerships with universities and employers, and co-launched the Obama White House initiative Employers of National Service. Ben completed the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Social Sector Talent Pipeline Strategy & Learning lab, and the Results-Based Facilitation training series.
Previously, Ben held leadership roles at KaBOOM!, served as a Baltimore Mayoral Fellow during the O’Malley administration, and was an emergency responder with the American Red Cross following 9/11.
Ben started his career in service in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) as a corps member and then as a team leader where he served in a dozen cities across seven states, building houses, tutoring youth, and providing job readiness training. He also completed a two-year teaching fellowship with Citizen Schools AmeriCorps where he led and mentored Boston Public School middle schoolers.
Ben holds an M.P.P. and Nonprofit Management Certificate from The Johns Hopkins University, a B.S. from Cornell University, and sits on the National Advisory Council of Fund the People and Equity in the Center. It was while at Cornell that Duda heard Sen. Harris Wofford, one of the original founders and leaders of AmeriCorps, speak and was inspired to join AmeriCorps. Ben, a Buffalo, NY native, resides with his family in Atlanta.