Ben Eikey is the Manager of State Training and Communications for the Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy. He specializes in legislative oversight and has traveled across the United States to conduct oversight workshops and panel discussions in state legislatures and with partner organizations. He leads the communications efforts of the Levin Center, and is the host of Oversight Matters, a podcast on legislative oversight.
Ben has experience in the Michigan House of Representatives and the United States Congress. His work involved state and federal appropriations committee responsibilities including budget analysis and departmental oversight. Ben excelled in encouraging positive legislative impacts in criminal justice, transportation policy, and tax reform.
Ben assisted teaching three university courses as an award-winning Graduate Student Instructor and earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Ben worked as a Graduate Student Instructor in the Political Science department, the Philosophy department, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He enjoys applying his teaching, academic, and legislative experience to bipartisan, fact-based legislative oversight and to be a part of such a wonderful, thoughtful team of engaged oversight scholars.
In his free time Ben enjoys trivia, running, and music across all genres. He also once backpacked across Isle Royale National Park from Windigo to Rock Harbor.