Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong

New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, Economic Opportunities Program

Louisiana Regional Manager, NextOp, New Orleans, Louisiana

Ben Armstrong is the Louisiana regional manager for NextOp, the only veteran employment nonprofit operating in Louisiana. He is an educated Marine Corps veteran with 18 years of experience in organizational leadership who served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Before joining NextOp Ben served as the finance and administration chief for the City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and as the inaugural director of veteran services for the University of Texas at Austin from 2011 to 2014. Ben is an active member of the New Orleans VFW Post 8973 and is currently serving as the post commander.

Ben Armstrong is a member of the New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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