Ben Johnson

Vice President, Programs, BioSTL

Ben Johnson is Vice President, Programs, at BioSTL, where he leads its initiatives related to public policy, diversity/inclusion/equity, talent and workforce development, and fundraising.  Since 2001, BioSTL has transformed St. Louis’ innovation economy through comprehensive programming that leverages the region’s medical and plant science strengths.  In this work, Ben helped co-create the St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective and STEMSTL to advance systems-level interventions that bring equitable outcomes to St. Louis’ entrepreneurship and STEM ecosystems and is building the Missouri Innovation Policy Network to advance pro-entrepreneurship polices across Missouri.

Ben currently serves as Chairman of SSTI’s national policy arm, the Innovation Advocacy Council (IAC), which informs and educates policymakers and elected officials to modernize federal innovation and entrepreneurship policy.  He is also a board member of the Missouri Biotechnology Association, Missouri’s statewide biotechnology trade association, and St. Louis Makes, a nonprofit dedicated to reshaping St. Louis’ manufacturing future.

Prior to BioSTL, Ben moved to St. Louis to complete the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and led creation of a Community Development Financial Institution in Indiana.

Ben received his M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.A. from Northwestern University, majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Business German.