Ben Carver, AmeriCorps Program Manager
I was raised in an agricultural family in the high desert of central Oregon, and left home to attend college in the rainier part of the state at the University of Oregon. Job opportunities after college have led me all over the globe, while always returning to the Northwest when I can. I completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps member, first in the high Rockies of Colorado with a watershed protection and education organization, and later supporting initiatives across Oregon to advance racial justice and equity in access to education. In my current role as the JVC Northwest AmeriCorps Program Manager, I’m grateful for the opportunity to translate my service experiences to benefit our partner agencies and the many individual JVs serving throughout the Northwest.
I am a committed prison abolitionist, volunteering for over a decade to support members of our community held in federal detention facilities. My belief that our world should have no place for people to be held in cages has led me to seek deeper understanding of alternative systems of justice, through which journey I became a certified mediator. True to my roots in rural Oregon, I spend time outside of work and volunteering with activities like blacksmithing and fly fishing.