Benjamin Overton

Programme Officer, North America


Benjamin Overton joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in August 2015 as Programme Officer for North America. He is responsible for managing relationships with TrustLaw’s expansive network of NGOs and social enterprises in North America, and supports the development of TrustLaw’s cross-border research programmes. During his time with TrustLaw, Benjamin has overseen research works on a variety of topics including digital privacy, supply chain transparency, and LGBTQ rights.

Prior to his role with TrustLaw, Benjamin worked for human rights and foreign affairs NGOs including the International Crisis Group and Humanity in Action. His work has focused on the intersection between minority rights and international development, including a number of projects on LGBTQ equality. Outside of his professional positions, Benjamin has served as president of a New York City-based LGBTQ giving circle and has served for several years on the American Planning Board of Humanity in Action.

Benjamin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Asian Studies, a Master’s of Public Administration and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.