Benjamin J. Kirby has worked in Democratic politics, federal and local government, and issue advocacy for 20 years.
Currently he is the Communications Manager for the Juvenile Welfare Board, a special taxing authority in Pinellas County, Florida which provides critical services to at-risk youth and underprivileged families. He has served in the non-profit sector, working for the American Association of Kidney Patients, a healthcare education organization serving kidney patients and their families. He was also the Communications Director for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), an education and advocacy group dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Before healthcare education and advocacy, he served in staff and volunteer capacities in political campaigns, volunteering for the successful Keith Fitzgerald for State House (69th District, Florida) campaign in 2006, his subsequent re-election in 2008, and his campaign in 2010. He advised Greg Galligan for State Senate (39th District, Virginia) in 2003 and conducted research for the successful Mark Sickles for Delegate (43rd District, Virginia) campaign, also in 2003. In 2002, he served as Field Director for Arkansas' first female gubernatorial nominee, Jimmie Lou Fisher, and as Campaign Manager for Jan Schneider’s first bid against Katherine Harris for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. His first campaign was with the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign of 1992 in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
During the Clinton Administration, Benjamin served as the first Public Affairs Officer of the United States Parole Commission within the U.S. Department of Justice, where he developed the Commission’s first website. In 1998, he developed a website for the First Lady’s White House Millennium Council. He worked for more than five years serving two Drug Czars as an Administrative Assistant and Scheduler in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also held a variety of research and administrative positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Presidential Personnel.
He currently serves as on the board of the National Association of Planning Councils -- a national non-profit organization seeking to improve the human condition through encouraging research-based community planning and action -- as Secretary.
Born in western North Carolina and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Benjamin now lives in Gulfport, Florida with his wife, daughter, and son. While working for the Clinton Administration, Benjamin went to school in the evening and received an undergraduate degree in Political Communication from George Mason University.