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 to design and implement comprehensive engagement plans with the Congress and the Administration.
Ben spent almost 20 years on Capitol Hill and has represented public, 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), currently the third ranking member of the Senate Democrat leadership, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He also worked for Senator Ron Wyden, now the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee as well several other members of Congress.
Prior to joining Crossroads Strategies, Ben was a Principal at a Washington, D.C. law firm with ties to the Pacific Northwest. Ben previously led the Government Relations practice group for the firm as well as helped to start and lead a firm affiliated consulting group.
Ben graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science after growing up in California and Oregon. He now lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.