Ben Smilowitz

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Ben Smilowitz

2008 Fellow
Founder of Disaster Accountability Project

Ben Smilowitz 2008 Fellow

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Strengthen the nation's disaster management systems through public accountability, citizen oversight and empowerment, whistle-blower engagement, and policy research.


Soon after Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Ben Smilowitz directly witnessed the failed response as the manager of a Red Cross Client Service Center in Gulfport, MS. With a background in civic engagement and issue campaigns, Ben started DAP to confront the root causes of the bungled disaster response. Ben received a BA in Political Science and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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  • 2008
  • Fellow
  • Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • North America
  • United States

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