Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick today named Benjamin Williams as Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs.
Williams is an experienced communications and public relations professional skilled in organizing coalitions, crisis communications, federal policy analysis and strategic social media planning and execution. He joins OEA from Chairman Glick’s office, where he has served as Senior Director of Operations and Communications since November 2017.
“Benjamin has served in the offices of four commissioners and did a terrific job for each. Since I joined FERC in 2017, I have relied heavily on Benjamin’s keen knowledge about the Commission’s workings and his ability to effectively communicate dense subject matter in plain terms. I am confident that Benjamin is going to have the same positive impact on the Office of External Affairs as he steps into the role of Deputy Director,” said Chairman Rich Glick.
He has more than 10 years of federal service, having joined FERC in 2013. He has served with several distinguished FERC officials including former Chairman Norman Bay, former Commissioner Colette Honorable and former Commissioner John Norris. Before joining FERC, Benjamin worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
Williams earned his Master of Science in Communications, focused on Public Relations, from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While there, he was recognized by faculty with the award for outstanding achievement in public relations. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Simpson College. He and his husband, Brent, have one dog, Brew, and reside in Washington, D.C.