Ben manages campaigns to lower soft costs associated with permitting and code compliance. He oversees CALSSA’s permitting and HOA hotline and coordinates the association's technical assistance to contractors seeking to lower soft costs associated with building solar in California. Ben comes to CALSSA with eight years of experience managing campaigns including on solar and clean energy. He has earned 2,500 media hits from outlets ranging from The New York Times to small-town papers. He is a native of Santa Barbara, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Sacramento.