Ben Stockdale grew up in Tryon, North Carolina, and currently serves as Government Affairs Associate for NC Sustainable Energy Association. In this role, he works as a lobbyist to advance policies that will bring about an equitable transition to clean energy. Ben has a deep passion in justice for people, animals, and the environment. As such, Ben has held various positions and led key efforts to enact positive change. He managed the 2014 campaign of Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria. After that successful campaign, Ben managed legislative and constituent affairs for NC Senator Jeff Jackson in the NC General Assembly. Ben has also served as an intern for the late US Senator Kay Hagan, and was featured in US Senator Bernie Sanders' book, Our Revolution.
While completing a bachelor's degree in Political Science from UNC Asheville, Ben founded and led RenewAVL, a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of passing a resolution to commit the City of Asheville to 100% renewable energy. The Asheville City Council passed the resolution in October, 2018.
As part of his work at NC Sustainable Energy Association, Ben is the creator and host of The Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, which has featured guests including NC Governor Roy Cooper, NC DEQ Secretary Michael Regan, NBA All-Star David West, and clean energy leaders from Microsoft, Google, and NASA.
In his free time, Ben enjoys cooking delicious vegan recipes, playing music, and thinking big.