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Ben was born and raised in Santa Barbara and began his career in politics, working in the campaigns and legislative offices of US Congressmembers Walter and Lois Capps. In 2001 he launched a political, government relations, and public affairs consulting firm serving electoral, nonprofit, and corporate clients in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties .

In 2005 Ben became the Director of Community Education for the Santa Barbara County Education Office, overseeing programs such as Partners in Education, Transitional Youth Services for Homeless and Foster Youth, and the federal AmeriCorps Literacy Tutoring Program. In 2012 he became the Executive Director of First 5 of Santa Barbara County, an agency that invests sales taxes on cigarettes to help children get ready for kindergarten. In early 2018, Ben left his position at First 5 for a one-year special assignment as the Community Recovery and Engagement Coordinator for the County Office of Emergency Management. In that role he created and oversaw the Montecito Center for Preparedness, Recovery, and Rebuilding, a centralized hub serving the hundreds of residents and families who were most impacted by the 1/9 Debris Flow which devastated Montecito, California.

In December of 2018, having completed his assignment with the Office of Emergency Management, Ben launched a consulting firm, Romo & Associates, which is focused on government relations, community engagement, strategic communications, and organizational leadership and change.

Ben has eleven-year-old daughter named Ruby who he raises with her mother Geordie.

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