Ben Dodd

Senior Communications Specialist

Ben spearheads Pratt Center’s communications efforts, overseeing design and production of policy and planning publications, and collaborating with project staff to create materials that support their work. Ben also develops the Center’s promotional and fundraising materials, manages digital campaigns and web content and works to ensure visual consistency and quality across all Pratt Center communication channels. 

As part of his responsibilities at Pratt Center, Ben managed the design and implementation of Pratt Center’s new identity and website in 2019-2020. He oversaw the design of the Neighborhood Data Portal User Guide, which is a supplemental resource which offers users of the online mapping tool a comprehensive data dictionary and step-by-step tutorial. In 2015-2016, he created the visual identity for the Equitable Innovation Economies initiative, a collaborative effort with PolicyLink and Urban Manufacturing Alliance to help four U.S. cities pursue more inclusive growth strategies. The identity was implemented across a suite of digital and print materials and publications. Ben also supports communications efforts for Made in NYC, Pratt Center’s local manufacturing initiative.

Prior to joining the Pratt Center team, Ben worked with Long Island City Partnership on the design of the first Long Island City Comprehensive Plan. He also served as a Community Planning fellow in Brooklyn Community Board 9, where he provided assistance in land use and zoning. Ben has an M.S in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.

Ben lives in Bay Ridge where he helps coordinate music at his church, participates in his neighborhood CSA, and serves on the board of an immigration legal services organization