Ben Ekelund

Director of Consulting and Training, TASC's Center for Health and Justice



Ben Ekelund is currently the administrator of training and consulting with the Center for Health and Justice at TASC. In his current position, he oversees a number of projects educating officials within the criminal justice system on reforms to address the needs of individuals with substance use disorders in an effort to reduce recidivism.


Prior to this, he was a project manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police developing resources and training for smaller law enforcement agencies in the area of leadership, management, and community engagement. He also served as an outreach coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhoods in Chicago coordinating services for ex-offenders with the aim of reducing gun violence and recidivism. Finally, he worked as a linkage team coordinator for a community mental health center in Chicago providing linkage case management to dually diagnosed patients being discharged from state psychiatric facilities.He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Viterbo University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago.