Benjamin R. Dierker, JD, MPA
Director of Public Policy
Benjamin is the Director of Public Policy at Aii, specializing in economic, administrative, and legal aspects of American energy, transportation, infrastructure, and innovation.
With experience in private firms, government organizations, and nonprofit groups, Benjamin’s goal is to analyze and explain the economic and legal realities underpinning public policy in the energy, environmental, transportation, infrastructure, and innovation space. He strives to bring a balanced, accurate, and digestible perspective to enable students, specialists, the public, and elected representatives to make the best informed decisions on these critical issues.
Benjamin’s work centers on public policy research and communicating complex policy topics to audiences at every level of expertise. He is a prolific writer, producing policy-related blogs, opinion articles, briefs, white papers, and internal analysis.
Benjamin has been with Aii since 2015, shortly after its launch, originally as a public policy intern. Before joining the team full-time, Benjamin was a public policy fellow with The Fund for American Studies. He previously served as a law clerk for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, as well as participating in congressional internships spanning a member district office, Capitol office, and House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. Throughout his education, Benjamin studied directly under prominent economic, public policy, and legal scholars, including Justice Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Supreme Court.
While in law school, Benjamin helped in the early stages of launching a next generation think tank in Dallas, Texas. Benjamin was instrumental in bringing content to the Lone Star Policy Institute and working with the directors to establish longterm policy and organizational goals.
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas; Benjamin is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Public Administration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He then earned his Juris Doctor from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Benjamin is entitled to practice law in the District of Columbia.
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