National Family Civil Rights Center
Benjamin J. Ashmore, Sr.

As an undergraduate student, Ben's focus on family and civil rights emerged and he quickly became active in the American Civil Liberties Union (MI), and serving as a local board and state executive committee member while still a full-time student.  

Following a stint in business running a real estate company he founded, Ben moved to a career in public policy and service.  In Washington, he was an advocate for municipal finance with the National Association of Bond Lawyers working with Congress and regulatory agencies, before accepting an appointment to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in New York City.

After serving at HUD for five years, Ben returned to the private sector working in federal government contracting and later in the clean energy sector.  Ben's efforts to protect taxpayers and families during this private sector
tenure have been noted by a number of organizations.  

Named "a man called HUD" in a Newsweek Magazine cover article to coverage in the Washington Post and many other media and legal organizations because, while employed at a top U.S. government contractor, Ben objected to a scheme intended to defraud the U.S. government in a $1b program procurement.  Almost immediately, he was wrongfully terminated in violation of whistleblower provisions in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.  In summary, Ben's employer first sought to fraudulently evade procurement requirements and thereafter from appealed these requirements all the way to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit where the court held that "[t]his court does not reach Appellants’ argument that the...  requirements are arbitrary and capricious under the APA."  In fact, the United States Solicitor General argued in this litigation at the U.S. Supreme Court that "[t]his is a matter of great significance. In the project-based Section 8 program directly at issue, HUD distributes over $9 billion annually to the states... [and that the litigation impacted] the over $500 billion that Federal agencies annual distribute in grant and assistance programs."

In addition to his professional career, Ben was an elected two-term member of the New York City school board, representing the families and students of District 20 and serving as Treasurer, and was an appointed member of Brooklyn Community Board 12.  Ben is married, has three children, Faith, Ben Jr. and Lucienne, and three step-children Matthew, Michael and Stephanie.

Masters Degree in Public Policy (M.P.P.); The American University, School of Public Affairs
Masters Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.); University of Michigan
B.A. (Economics) & B.B.A. (Finance); University of Michigan
Institute Scholar; Virginia Military Institute

Contact NFCRC:

(800) 385-0601  (phone)
(202) 640-4433  (fax)

Washington D.C. Office:

Evening Star Building
1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C.  20004

New York City Office:

77 Water Street, 8th Floor
New York, N.Y.  10005