Benjamin is a third year medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Benjamin grew up in Orlando and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida with majors in Microbiology and Political Science and a minor in Health Disparities. He completed his Master of Public Health in 2018 at the George Washington University, concentrating in health policy and law. During his undergraduate years, Benjamin volunteered extensively in clinics for underserved patients and contributed to research that sought to address underrepresented populations for the Community Health Needs Assessment for Alachua County.
Benjamin was also one of the founders of the North Central Florida chapter of the grassroots anti-poverty organization, RESULTS, leading efforts to help secure the passage of the READ Act and commitments by the United States to invest in global health efforts. During the 2017-2018 year, he received further advocacy and policy training through the REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship with RESULTS. Having served as an Advocacy Liaison since his first AMSA National Convention in 2016, Senior Advocacy and Policy Liaison and Health Equity Policy Coordinator in 2018, and Health Policy Chair from 2018 to 2020, Benjamin is deeply passionate about leading AMSA advocacy to fight for health care rights in the United States and around the world.
As the Vice President of Leadership Development, he is committed to empowering leaders from the local chapters up to the national level, and helping build the next generation of physician-advocates.