Will be the only openly LGBTQ member of the AC Transit Board!
Ben has built communities as an American diplomat, and Berkeley Planning Commissioner, and community leader.
Ben served as a Berkeley Planning Commissioner from 2016-2019 and is the founder of “A Fork in the Road,” a community initiative supporting local restaurants transition to cafe seating to help struggling small and minority-owned businesses during the Covid crisis. After completing his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton’s School of Policy and International Affairs, Ben was inspired to serve his country. Ben was commissioned as a Foreign Service Officer by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As an official in the Obama Administration, Ben represented the United States as a person of color where he promoted American democracy, diversity, and human rights. Ben worked on immigration and trade issues on the U.S.-Mexico border in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in Mumbai, India, and in Washington DC. Ben was a member of the 2014 Ebola Taskforce and a U.S. Delegate to APEC where he helped reduce barriers to renewable energy technology and supplies across 20+ countries. Today, Ben Fong is a transportation expert with years of experience partnering with cities to provide bikeshare and sustainable last-mile transportation options across the US. Ben graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University in Political Science, a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a MBA from UC Berkeley. Ben speaks Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin and English.