JOEL BENSON

Joel Benson has traveled extensively throughout the world, including living in Latin America, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, working with forestry extension and environmental education. Benson served eight years as mayor of Buena Vista, Colorado, ran a successful coffee roastery, taught Spanish and agricultural policy, and consulted with several organizations in holistic management. All of his various experiences have provided opportunity to test and implement Integrative Policy.

Scholarly Interests

Currently, Benson studies theories and frameworks of public policy as they relate to his experience on the Board of Trustees for the Town of Buena Vista, Colorado, as well as approaches to governance adopted by indigenous peoples from around the world. He also studies communal approaches to natural resource management.

Contributions to Field

Joel served two terms as mayor of Buena Vista, Colorado, overseeing numerous planning processes and a revision of the municipal code, prioritizing budgetary expenditures to encourage sound fiduciary responsibility, developing new approaches to policy analysis and design, and helping to create a sense of trust and openness with the town and its people.

Benson worked with the seven indigenous tribes in Costa Rica to agree to a UN-endorsed treaty, Proclama de la Paz. He also consulted with Kentucky Governor Patton's initiative to rewrite the state's agricultural policy. 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

  • Savory Institute

  • Holistic Management International

  • Pachamama Alliance