Ben Goldstein-Smith is a senior director within O’Neill and Associates’ federal government relations division. With more than 13 years of working in government and politics, Ben’s extensive experience is instrumental in advising clients on legislative and advocacy initiatives.
Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Ben served as national political director to former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and ran his leadership political action committee, AMERIPAC. In this role, Ben worked closely with House Leadership, Members of Congress and senior officials to build coalitions and implement political strategies while managing teams in both DC and Maryland. During his decade with Leader Hoyer, Ben’s leadership and expertise were instrumental in supporting and electing many Members of the current House Democratic Caucus while Hoyer rose from Whip to Majority Leader. In the years leading up to this, Ben was Maryland political director and campaign manager for Rep. Hoyer. Upon Hoyer’s successful re-election, Ben went on to serve as deputy executive director for AMERIPAC. There he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the office while managing its multi-million-dollar budget.
Before working with Leader Hoyer, Ben served as campaign manager for Maryland State Senate Majority Leader Nancy King. Following her successful election, Ben went on to serve as the Senator’s legislative aide. He worked closely with leaders in Maryland’s legislative and executive branch to implement positive change. He remained active in Maryland politics throughout his tenure in Hoyer’s office and played a key advisory role in Governor Wes Moore’s campaign.
Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts in government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park where he was also enrolled in the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and daughter.