North Central College - Naperville, IL

Esther T. Benjamin

Class Year: 
1990

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 2000

Esther Benjamin was appointed White House Fellow In 1999.  She has focused on international priorities and worked with Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman. During the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, Benjamin was appointed United Nations humanitarian affairs officer, the youngest person ever named to this position. After returning from Somalia, she worked on a joint project of the World Bank and the Brookings Institution, contributing macroeconomic analysis of the World Bank’s policies over the past 50 years. The outcome was The World Bank: Its First Half Century (Brookings Institution, 1997). Benjamin has served on the board of directors of the National Urban Coalition since 1995 and on the board of the Society for International Development. She is a founding member of the Good Samaritan Fund and a member of the Council in Foreign Relations.