Ben Brown earned an MBA from Humboldt State University in 2019 and a MA in U.S. History from San Francisco State University in 2007. He began employment with the Clarke Historical Museum in 2008, though he completed an internship at the museum and volunteered for many years beforehand. He grew up in Point Richmond, California and made frequent trips as a child to Humboldt County to visit relatives. Originally hired as the part-time assistant registrar/curator for the Native American section at the museum, Ben simultaneously worked for the Wiyot and Karuk Tribes helping catalogue their collections among other duties. He was promoted to overall Executive Director of the Clarke Museum in 2019. Ben enjoys working for an organization that focuses on building a stronger community, whether it’s hosting a family-friendly educational event, developing an exhibit for a community-based group, teaching visitors about the region's unique history and culture, or helping individuals connect with their history.