Benjamin R. Dierker, JD, MPA
Executive Director, Director of Public Policy
Benjamin’s goal is to analyze and explain the economic and legal realities underpinning public policy at the state and federal levels. He strives to bring a balanced, accurate, and accessible 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 shortly after its launch, originally as a public policy intern while in graduate school. Before joining the team full-time, Benjamin held a number of public policy fellowships and legal clerkships. He previously served as a law clerk for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, as well as participating in congressional internships spanning member district offices, Capitol offices, and the 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 multiple federal judges and a justice 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 providing written content for the institute and working with the directors to establish longterm policy and organizational goals.
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 a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the South Carolina Bar.
As a student, Benjamin participated in Invention Convention, the Future City Competition, and even on a team for the Solar Car Challenge.
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