Ben Edwards is the Director, Communications at the Center for Audit Quality. Ben creates and executes the CAQ’s communications and earned media strategy.
Before joining the CAQ, Ben was a Vice President at global communications and marketing firm Weber Shandwick where he led communications and issues management campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and trade associations, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Abbott and the Diamond Producers Association.
Prior to Weber Shandwick, Ben served in the Obama Administration at the State Department and U.S. Agency for international Development (USAID). As the USAID Press Director and Spokesperson, Ben managed the agency’s public reputation and led communication campaigns to demonstrate the domestic economic and national security benefits of USAID’s mission to eliminate extreme poverty around the world. He also led USAID’s communications campaign for the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, one of the Obama Administration’s signature achievements.
Before joining the federal government, Ben led the media relations strategy and execution at the Center for Global Development, a non-profit think tank that promotes new policy ideas to improve economic development.
Ben holds an Master’s degree in Communications from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College.