Benjamin Guhin

Head of Design & Technology Policy
Brown University

Ben Guhin is a Senior Advisor for Brown University, where he's helping build a new center for state and local government. He’s also an advisor for the City of Austin, Texas, where he serves as Head of Design & Technology Policy.

At the City of Austin, Ben established new capacities for user-centered design, web development, and agile product management by creating its Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows program in 2016, which was made permanent in May 2018 as the Office of Design & Delivery. Previously, he served as a Senior Fellow and User Experience Lead for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he helped build one of the largest in-house teams for user-centered design in the federal government.

Ben’s work has been recognized in outlets including Communication Arts, the Webby Awards, the Center for Plain Language, Government Technology, Route Fifty, and Apolitical, which included him in their inaugural list of the World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government. He started his career as a designer at the global digital agency Huge, where he worked for travel, education, retail, and entertainment clients including JetBlue, Kaplan, Lowe’s, and HBO GO. He holds a B.A. in Design & Digital Media from Fordham University.

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