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Program Director, Cardinal Careers

Ben Weissman


Ben works as the Program Director of Cardinal Careers at the Haas Center for Public Service. In this role, he helps Stanford students and alumni enter public service jobs through advising, workshops, and fellowship programs. He leads four annual in-house Cardinal Careers fellowship programs: John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy, Schneider Fellowship (year-long), and Community Impact Fellowship. 

Ben has worked with students as a career advisor, a writing coach, a fellowships advisor, a music history instructor, and a peer mentor. He has had the opportunity to work with undergraduates across all disciplines, supporting their long-term goals, helping them craft their ideas into strong writing, and advocating for their ongoing success. Prior to joining the Haas Center, Ben worked with Career Advancement and the Office of Fellowships at Northwestern University during his doctoral studies in musicology. Ben’s dissertation is about practitioners of musical experimentalism in 1970s California, their pursuit of musical novelty and earnest study of New Age thought in the Cold War era, and the influence of philanthropic funding organizations on their music.

Born in Sacramento and raised in San Diego, Ben has returned home to California after studying and working in Philadelphia and Chicago. He sings with Stanford's University Singers. His hobbies include sewing, knitting, singing, photography, field recording, gardening, drawing, archiving old media, and hearing about others’ passion projects.


BA, English, Haverford College, 2014
MM, Musicology, Northwestern University, 2017
PhD, Musicology, Northwestern University, TBD