Ben is CEO and co-founder of Speak Agent, a software platform that enables K-12 school systems to improve the academic performance of their English Language Learners (ELL) through tailored academic language instruction. Ben is a former ELL teacher with a track record of building effective language learning apps. He founded the PBS KIDS Games & Apps business and led it for over 6 years. In 2008, he launched PBS KIDS PLAY, a cross-curricular, game-based early childhood program that showed statistically significant gains in literacy and language development. In 2009, he launched PBS KIDS Mobile, with apps resulting in vocabulary gains of up to 31% within a two-week intervention period. Ben went on to lead development of interactive activities for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment used state-wide in Maryland and Ohio. After co-founding Speak Agent in 2014, he served as Principal Investigator for R/R&D projects with the US Dept. of Education and the National Science Foundation. Ben holds a BA in Chinese/Intl Studies from Grinnell College and a MBA from Johns Hopkins University.