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Ben McMakin is an Executive Vice President at Crossroads Strategies, LLC. Ben provides strategic guidance to clients in the Energy and Environment, Transportation, Trade, National Security, Technology, and State and Local Government sectors, helping design and implement comprehensive engagement plans with Congress and the Administration.
Ben spent almost 20 years on Capitol Hill and has represented public and private sector clients, as well as non-governmental organizations for more than 15 years. On Capitol Hill, Ben served as the Legislative Director to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the third ranking member of the Senate Democrat leadership, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He also worked for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and several other members of Congress.
Prior to joining Crossroads Strategies, Ben was a Principal at a Washington, D.C. law firm. Ben previously led the Government Relations practice group for the firm and helped start and lead a firm-affiliated consulting group.
Ben graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.