Benjamin Preston

Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Benjamin Preston is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation, currently on loan to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he serves as the Assistant Director for Climate Services, Adaptation, and Workforce. His recent research efforts have spanned risk assessment and recovery planning for the Department of Homeland Security in support of responses to Hurricane Maria and the COVID-19 pandemic, the analysis of policy incentives for resilient and renewable energy systems, and the development of online tools to evaluate environmental justice challenges in U.S. cities. Previously, he held research positions with the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Australia’s CSIRO, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Preston has contributed to national and international scientific assessments including the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports, the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s second State of the Carbon Cycle Report, and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program’s Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic. He received a B.S. in biology from the College of William & Mary and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.