Jaime “Ben” Benavides was unanimously voted onto the Woodhull Board of Directors in January 2020.
Ben started as a Woodhull volunteer in 2012 and steadily undertook greater responsibilities while steadfastly supporting Woodhull’s mission to “affirm and protect sexual freedom as a fundamental human right”. His consistent efforts resulted in being designated as the Director, Summit Operations, for the 2019 Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. His organizational, managerial, operational, and leadership talents have been noted throughout his eight years of volunteering with the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and the annual Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and will directly support the Foundation’s future.
Ben is a strong LGBTQ ally with 18 years of active military service and 20 years as a civil servant have exposed him to dozens of cultures around the world.
During his time in the Marines, Ben traveled to more than three dozen countries, some more troubled than others, and saw first-hand the effects of human rights being egregiously violated. Ben believes that although we (USA) are generations ahead of many foreign countries, in terms of human rights, we still need to address certain human rights and societal issues to ensure every person is treated fairly regardless of their background, beliefs, or way of life.
As a proud and dedicated civil servant, Ben currently serves as a manager in a federal agency that is dedicated to the protection of all people in the United States, their civil rights and civil liberties, and our nation’s security. He currently provides policy and operational oversight, guidance, and direction to almost 1,000 federal officers located throughout the continental US, Hawaii, and five major territories.
He is the recipient of multiple personal and team awards but is most proud of the team awards. He also has several degrees, certifications, and years of experience in the fields of business, management, and leadership.
Ben lives in Maryland and has been happily married for 30 years to the love of his life. They have a 20-year-old son who STILL suffers parents who permanently wear mom-and-dad-goggles. Ben is most happy when he is helping.