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Benjamin Perkins

Founder & CEO, Upstream Impact Solutions Consulting, LLC

A native Los Angelino, avid social-justice practitioner, intellectual, and creative thinker, Benjamin Perkins has worked in public health for over two decades, first specializing in disease prevention and research education to communities vulnerable to HIV infection, where he held numerous positions, from community advisory board chair, to founding director of a CDC-funded HIV-prevention and wellness center, to project director of an NIH-funded HIV-prevention feasibility study. He then shifted focus to health disparities and inequities in cardiovascular disease and stroke rates among communities of color and other underserved populations, where he worked for the American Heart Association as Vice President of Multicultural Initiatives & Health Equity and Vice President of Health Strategies for the Greater Boston Area.