Ben Pickens

Administrator, Financial Operations & Compliance

Ben is responsible for general financial operations for the Development Fund of the Western Reserve (DFWR) and the Western Reserve Community Fund (WRCF). He manages DFWR and WRCF’s loan servicing and compliance, working closely with borrowers and consultants, as well as performing a variety of administrative, accounting, marketing, clerical, and management support duties necessary for the organization to run efficiently and be promoted in an effective and professional manner.

Ben received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Austin College (Sherman, TX) and a Master’s degree in Economics from Miami University (Oxford, OH). He recently completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in East Akron, and is excited to further his career in community development.

Ben resides in Cuyahoga Falls and enjoys the outdoors, photography, cooking, and creating pencil portraits on commission.