Ben Walsh is the independent candidate Syracuse needs today. At a time when partisan and personal politics all too often get in the way of doing what’s best for our community, as Mayor, Ben will put the needs of the people of Syracuse first.
With over 16 years of experience working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Ben has played a lead role in some of the most transformational projects in Syracuse’s recent history. From the creation of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank to the successful redevelopment of the Hotel Syracuse, Ben has earned a reputation as a pragmatic and collaborative leader who brings the right people together to get the job done.
Ben’s approach to leadership and public service was shaped at an early age growing up on Syracuse’s west side in a family of proud public servants. His own call to public service first came into focus during his time at the renowned Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he earned his master’s degree in public administration (MPA).
From Maxwell, he went to work for the Metropolitan Development Association (MDA) where his efforts to develop and implement innovative job creation and urban revitalization strategies served as a foundation for much of the success he achieved during his six years as the City of Syracuse’s deputy commissioner of neighborhood and business development.
It was his time working at City Hall, where he interacted with business owners and neighborhood residents on a daily basis, that really opened up his eyes to not only how the government can help improve people’s lives, but also how it can negatively impact the people it is intended to serve when left unchecked.
That perspective has only been enhanced by his most recent experience working in the private sector for Mackenzie Hughes LLP, where he helps small business owners navigate the municipal approval process and associated red tape that hinders further investment in our community.
Ben currently serves as the president of the Board of Trustees at The Gifford Foundation and also serves on the Board of Directors at the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation, and the Landmark Theatre. In 2009 he was named one of Syracuse’s 40 Under FORTY winners, an award recognizing Central New York professionals and leaders under the age of 40 who exemplify leadership in the community.
Ben currently resides on the city’s west side with his wife, Lindsay, and their two daughters. In his spare time Ben enjoys spending time with his girls, watching Syracuse University sports, and exploring urban and rural landscapes alike.