Benjamin Toney is a proud product of the public school system in Oakland, California. He worked as an organizer in Los Angeles to recruit and develop community leaders to advance racial and economic justice. Ben has also worked with youth as a recreation and arts coordinator, a tutor, and college admissions mentor. On a personal note, Ben loves jazz and hip-hop; he grew up playing trumpet and producing and recording music. He loves to cook, dance, and sing, and hopes one day he might be good at any of the three! He is completing a Doctorate in Urban Planning and is eager to bridge the gap between the academic arena and communities in the world.