#PayItForward Alumni Profile: Ben Kessler (’20), Director of Congressional Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts

Ben Kessler
Ben Kessler

Ben Kessler is an intellectual property lawyer with ten years of federal government advocacy experience and a passion for live music. After graduating from Amherst College in 2007, Ben worked in the office of oversight and investigations in the United States Senate Committee on Aging. Following his time on the Hill, Ben joined Heather Podesta + Partners, now Invariant Government Relations. Ben then spent over six years at the Pew Charitable Trusts working on food safety policy.
With an eye towards combining his love for music and the arts with his expertise in advocacy, Ben enrolled at the American University Washington College of Law. There, Ben focused on intellectual property law and was a member of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. While in school, Ben fortified his passion for protecting creators and spent his summers working for the Future of Music Coalition and Copyright Alliance.

Almost immediately following graduation, Ben joined the Biden for President campaign. During his nearly nine months with the campaign, among other work, Ben managed a team of intellectual property law volunteers, reviewed campaign-produced content for copyright, trademark, and right of publicity concerns, and enforced the campaign’s intellectual property rights online.

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