Ben Walters recently retired from the City Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon after a thirty year career. Ben rose to serve as a Chief Deputy City Attorney, with responsibilties including contract negotiations, ordinance drafting and providing advice to elected officials and bureau directors on policy development. Ben has served on a variety of non-profit boards, ranging from a credit union to an African dance and music program. Ben enjoys cooking, gardening, bicycling and reading. Ben and his partner Stacy Hankin have two children, Joshua and Charlotte. After high school, Charlotte participated in an AmeriCorps program in San Antonio, assisting seventh grade teachers in an urban middle school. This convinced Ben of the invaluable opportunities of a gap year experience.