Ben Ekelund, MPA
As administrator of consulting and training for the Center for Health and Justice at TASC, Ben Ekelund manages a number of projects in which CHJ supports criminal justice systems in addressing the needs of people with substance use and mental health disorders. Prior to joining TASC in 2013, he was a project manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he developed resources and training for smaller law enforcement agencies in the areas of leadership, management, and community engagement. Previously, Ben served as an outreach coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhoods in Chicago, coordinating services for people with past justice involvement, with the aim of reducing gun violence and recidivism. He also worked for a community mental health center in Chicago, providing linkage case management for dually diagnosed patients being discharged from state psychiatric facilities.
Ben earned his BS in psychology from Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI) and his MPA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.