Ben Esner

Ben  Esner
Vice Chairperson & Secretary
Ben Esner is the Director of the Center for K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). The Center designs and builds model programs dedicated to making meaningful educational opportunity available to a broad range of students by engaging NYU-Poly faculty and graduate students and bringing their STEM expertise and research interests into classrooms. Mr. Esner is a co-Principal Investigator on the University’s National Science Foundation GK-12 grant, and leads several other STEM education initiatives, including the recently developed Science of Smart Cities and Creativity in Engineering, Science and Technology (CrEST) programs. Prior to joining Poly, Mr. Esner held the post of Senior Vice President for Programs at Brooklyn Community Foundation, where he oversaw and ran competitive grant programs disbursing $5 million a year, seeking to address educational and social issues. With experience that includes roles in the public, private and not-for-profit arenas, Mr. Esner is also a founding and current Trustee of four public charter schools serving the Brooklyncommunities of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Ocean Hill and Canarsie.