Ben Knopf

Associate Director, JFF Labs

Ben Knopf is an associate director at JFF. A member of the corporate solutions team in JFFLabs, he supports organizations’ efforts to design, develop, and implement strategies that drive economic advancement of workers.

His skills and areas of expertise include:

  • Strategy development
  • Program design and development
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Multi-sector partnership and collaboration
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Facilitation and training

Ben is a collaborative leader with over 10 years of experience building high-growth initiatives in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Before joining JFF, he served as national director of the Taproot Foundation’s advisory services practice, co-leading a team that partners with corporations and foundations to design, implement, and scale pro bono initiatives.

Earlier in his career, Ben worked at research and consulting firm CEB (now part of Gartner), helping senior executives solve strategic management challenges facing public-sector organizations. He also served as a policy lead at Global Citizen, where he developed political strategies and partnerships to grow the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty.

Ben says he was drawn to JFF because of the opportunity to influence institutions’ efforts to create meaningful economic advancement opportunities at scale for members of historically marginalized communities. Having previously worked with companies on social change initiatives, he is excited to be part of an organization that believes in the importance of engaging the private sector to address systemic challenges.

Ben has a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s in international relations and history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, Ben can be found taking advantage of everything New York City has to offer—including running or biking around the Central Park loop, testing his trivia skills at a local Harlem bar, and chasing after his two nieces.