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In addition to his work as an artist, Ben Goldman has had an extensive and wide-ranging career as an activist, public policy expert, author, and entrepreneur. His doctorate is in public administration, and his work has led to a landmark First Amendment judicial decision (Federal Election Commission v. Political Contributions Data Inc., 943 F.2d 190, 2d Cir. 1991), a Presidential Executive Order (No. 12898 in 1994), policy changes at all levels of government and in other countries, as well as a new field of academic study and social activism. He has organized communities and interest groups across America for more than two decades in roles including grassroots leader, political candidate, professor, co-founder and director of several national and local organizations, and consultant to dozens of governmental, non-profit, and for-profit establishments. Since turning full-time to making art, his advocacy work has focused on building arts organizations and helping communities where he lives and works.
 

 
Selected Employment
 
2006-11 | CITY WITHOUT WALLS, Newark, NJ – Executive Director
2005— | UNITED VISUAL ARTS, INC. – President and Founder
1997— | Artist
1996 | Independent Consultant
1994-95 | TUFTS UNIVERSITY, Medford, MA – Lecturer
1993-95 | JOBS & ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGN, Cambridge, MA – Acting Executive Director (Research Dir. 93-7/95)
1992-93 | CITIZENS NETWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, New York, NY – Executive Director
1989-92 | RADIATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT, New York, NY – Associate Director
1986-92 | PUBLIC DATA ACCESS, INC., New York, NY – President (Executive Vice President 1986-88)
1986-92 | POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS DATA, INC., New York, NY – President (Executive Vice President 1986-88)
1982-86 | COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC PRIORITIES, New York, NY – Project Director (Research Associate 82-83)

 
Government Appointments
 
2006 | HUDSON COUNTY OFFICE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, Arts Masterplan Advisory Committee
1995-00 | NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY AND CITY HEALTH OFFICIALS, Community Environmental Health Assessment Steering Committee
1994-95 | PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Task Force on Sustainable Communities, Economic Development and Jobs Working Group
1994-95 | U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Health and Research Subcommittee
1991-93 | NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Greenpoint/Williamsburg Environmental Benefits Program, Technical Advisory Panel

 
Selected Community Service
 
2011— | ARTS HIGH SCHOOL, Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Newark, NJ.
2010— | NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Jazz Heritage Project Advisory Committee, Newark, NJ.
2009-10 | WORKFORCE INNOVATION IN REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Creative Community Collaborative, Newark, NJ.
2009— | SUSTAINABLE JERSEY, Arts Taskforce and Equity and Diversity Taskforce, Ewing, NJ.
2008-11 | NEWARK ARTS COUNCIL, Art in Education Steering Committee, Newark, NJ.
2007 | LINCOLN PARK SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD 19, Council member, Newark, NJ.
2006 | NEWARK MASTER VISION PLAN, Advisory member, Newark, NJ.
2004— | HUDSONARTS, Listserv founder and moderator, Hudson County, NJ.
2003— | NURTUREart, Strategic Planning Committee, Williamsburg, NY.
2003-04 | ELYSIAN CHARTER SCHOOL, Facilities Committee, Hoboken, NJ.
2003 | NATIONAL VISUAL ARTISTS GUILD, Acting National Executive Board Member. New York, NY.
2002— | WEEHAWKEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Co-founder and Trustee.
2002— | WEEHAWKEN INITIATIVE NOW, Co-Founder and 2002 Candidate for Town Council-At-Large.
1997— | FRIENDS OF THE WEEHAWKEN WATERFRONT. Trustee.
1989-93 | LOWER EAST SIDE COALITION FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. Cofounder/Trustee. New York, NY.
1982-93 | 530 EAST 13TH STREET TENANTS ASSOCIATION. Co-Founder and Director. New York, NY.

 
Publications: Selected Books
 
2008 | On Every Wall: Reproduction and the Future of Art. Self-published blog.
1995 | Sustainable America: New Public Policy for the 21st Century, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.
1994 | Discounting Human Lives: Uranium and Global Equity (Avebury Studies in Green Research), Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing Co.
1992 | The Truth About Where You Live: An Atlas for Action on Toxins and Mortality, New York: Random House/Times Books. Comments: "Helpful to anyone wanting to be fully informed about toxic threats" - Vice President Al Gore; "Embodies the promise and problems of citizen activism on health" - Journal of the American Medical Association; "Civil rights groups should use this information in their fight for environmental justice" - Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. "A landmark new book" - Longevity Magazine; "Deserves to be a best-seller" - Dr. Vicente Navarro, Johns Hopkins University.
1990 | Deadly Deceit: Low-Level Radiation, High-Level Cover-Up, New York, NY: Four Walls Eight Windows (with Jay M. Gould); 2nd Ed. 1991; German Ed. 1991; Russian Ed. 1993; Japanese Ed. 1994; 2nd Japanese Ed. 2013 with new preface. Comments: "A frightening, powerful report" -- New York Times; "Should be read by every person concerned about health" -- Dr. Linus Pauling, Nobel Laureate; "Impressively documented. A powerful report" - Publishers Weekly.
1986 | Hazardous Waste Management: Reducing the Risk, Washington DC: Island Press (with James Hulme & Cameron Johnson). Comments: "An indispensable addition to the discussion of hazardous waste" -- New Jersey Governor James Florio; "Will help governments and corporations improve hazardous waste management" -- U.S. Senator Robert T. Stafford.

 
Publications: Selected Articles and Reports
 
2009 | Arts Stimulus Plan for New Jersey and the Nation: One Percent for the Creative Economy. Newark, NJ: City Without Walls.
Thoughtful adaptation: a response to The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation regarding creativity and sustainability. July.
2005 | culturepages.net – a collaborative arts marketing portal. Jersey City, NJ: Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs & Pro Arts.
2000 | An environmental justice paradigm for risk assessment. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 6(2).
1999 | An essay on risk, The Motley Fool, July 13.
1998 | The National Green Jobs Report. Cambridge, MA: Greenworks, Inc. (with John T. O’Connor).
Sustainability in Action. Revised/Updated Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. EPA (with CONCERN, Inc., Community Sustainability Resource Center, and Jobs and Environment Campaign).
An explosive situation at the day care center. The Star Ledger, March 19.
1997 | The Massachusetts Green Jobs Report: How to Create 100,000 New Jobs while Cleaning the Environment, Cambridge, MA: GreenWorks, Inc. (w/ J. O’Connor, E. Basch, & M. Flaherty).
1996 | Sex, drugs and sustainability. Clarke Center Contemporary Issues Series, 4, November.
What is the future of environmental justice? Antipode, 28(2).
1995 | Combatting environmental racism. Chemistry and Industry, January 16.
1994 | Toxic Wastes and Race Revisited, Washington, DC: Center for Policy Alternatives, NAACP, and UCCRJ.
Not Just Prosperity. Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation.
1993 | The challenges of sustainability. Audubon, November/December.
1992 | Equity and the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Fordham Environmental Law Report, 4(1), Fall.
Polluting the poor. The Nation, October 5.
The stress and strain of the atomic age. In These Times, May 20-26.
Community right to know. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 12(3), September.
1991 | The U.S. Military’s Toxic Legacy, Boston, MA: National Toxics Campaign (w/ L. Siegel & G. Cohen).
Warning: unsafe for human life. Longevity, August.
1988 | Mortality and Toxics Along the Mississippi River, Washington, DC: Greenpeace USA, September.
1986 | Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States, New York, NY: United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice (with Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and Charles Lee).
Unmasking the toxic shell game. American Land Forum, 6(4), Fall.
Risk assessment during off-site responses. Hazardous Waste & Hazardous Materials, 3(2), Summer.
Rating the performance of waste management companies. Environment, 28(3), April.
1985 | Another toxic time bomb. Sierra Magazine, January-February.
1984 | Cleaning up the federal polluters. The Nation, November 24.
On hazardous waste. The New York Times, March.

 
Selected Testimony and Public Speaking
 
2003 | N.J. SENATE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, Increase Funding for the Arts in NJ.
HUDSON COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS, Increase Funding for the Arts in NJ.
2000 | WEEHAWKEN PLANNING BOARD, Expert Witness re: Port Imperial Waterfront Development.
1999 | N.J. ASSEMBLY BANKING AND INSURANCE COMMITTEE, Regarding the Family Building Act.
1997 | NEW JERSEY STATE HOUSE, Turning the Tides: Environmental Connection to Rising Rates of Cancers.
1995 | UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, New markets, new jobs, & the environment.
NAT. ASSOC. OF ENVIRO. PROFESSIONALS, Enviro. Justice & Sustainable Develop. in 21st Century.
1994 | SOCIETY FOR RISK ANALYSIS, Risk Assessment in the Context of Environmental Justice.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS, Environmental Justice: What do we Know?
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES, Toxics, Waste, and Public Health.
1993 | NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION SYNERGY ‘94 CONFERENCE, Not Just Prosperity.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, Sustainable Development after the Earth Summit.
NEW ENGLAND ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE, Agenda 21 in Action.
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, Citizens Network for Sust. Development.
1992 | AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, Role of Organized Bar and Environmental Justice.
NYC DEPT OF SANITATION and NYC COUNCIL, Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.
1989 | U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, Access to Environmental Information.
U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION, Restarting of Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Station.
1987 | UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM, Globescope ‘87: Information as an Action Tool.

 
Selected Grants
 
2011 | VICTORIA FOUNDATION.
2010 | KESSLER FOUNDATION, SAINT BARNABAS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
2009 | NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS, RUTGERS UNIV., GROUNDSWELL COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT.
2006-11 | CITY OF NEWARK, GERALDINE R. DODGE FOUNDATION, HORIZON FOUNDATION FOR NEW JERSEY, INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, NEW JERSEY CULTURAL TRUST, N.J. STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, PRUDENTIAL FOUNDATION, PSE&G, RIVERFRONT CORPORATION, U.S. HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT.
2006 | NEWARK ARTS COUNCIL, JPMORGANCHASE, PORT AUTHORITY OF NY/NJ.
1995 | U.S. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, AZADOUTIOUN FOUNDATION.
1989 | DEER CREEK FOUNDATION.
1988 | CS FUND, FRIEDSON PHILANTHROPIC FUNDS, NATIONAL COMMUNITY FUNDS, PUBLIC CONCERN FOUNDATION, YOUTH PROJECT.
1985 | ARCA FOUNDATION, BOEHM FOUNDATION, NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST, NORTH SHORE UNITARIAN VEATCH FOUNDATION, OTTINGER FOUNDATION, PITTSBURGH BRIDGE AND IRON WORKS CHARITABLE TRUST, ROCKEFELLER FAMILY FUND.

 
Selected Consulting Clients / Advisory Work
 
American Environmental Institute; Association of American Indian Affairs; Big Sur Waterbeds, Inc.; Center for Policy Alternatives; Charles River Associates; Chemical Information Systems; Columbia Business School; Kentucky Governor’s Office; Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez; Environmental Defense; Environmental Policy Institute; Environmental Risk Information Center; Henry & Kelly Attorneys at Law; Illinois Public Action Council; Inter-Church Uranium Committee (Saskatchewan); Investor Responsibility Research Center; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman; Lead Solutions, Inc.; Military Toxics Network; Money Magazine; National Environmental Law Center; National Law Journal; National Toxics Campaign; National Wildlife Federation; Natural Resources Defense Council; New York University Urban Research Center; North Carolina African Methodist Episcopal Church; Northwatch Coalition (Ontario); PACs and Lobbies; Public Citizen; Public Interest Research Group in Michigan; Radioactive Waste Management Associates; Random House; RTK-NET; Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender; Terris, Edgecomb, Hecker & Wayne; Union of Concerned Scientists; Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley; World Resources Institute.

 
Selected Press and Reviews
 
2004 | "Access problems tarnish Gold Coast," Asbury Park Press, May 30, p. 1.
2003 | "Weehawken Chamber of Commerce formed." Weehawken Reporter, March 16, p. 1.
2002 | "Weehawken electoral spin." Jersey Journal, May 20, p. 1.
" The view from Weehawken and other campaign issues," The New York Times, May 12.
"Is Weehawken up for a change?" Jersey Journal, May 8, p. 1.
"Two visions at odds in Weehawken." Jersey Journal, May 7, p. 1.
"No minced words among council-at-large candidates." Weehawken Reporter, May 5, p. 1.
"Group kicks off campaign," Jersey Journal, March 11, p. 2.
2001 | "Taking a walk on the wild side," Jersey Journal, November 20, p. 1.
1999 | "A river walk’s piecemeal birth," The New York Times, August 15, p. 1 (Real Estate).
"Killer net screen," The Motley Fool Workshop Report, April 12.
"A workshop portfolio?" The Motley Fool Workshop Report, January 27.
1993 | "120 Million may get unsafe drinking water," USA Today, September 27, p. 1.
"Legal fee award ordered in election case," New York Law Journal, June 21.
"Children are affected by environmental racism," Amsterdam News/Children’s Express, April 3.
1992 | "Other books for the ecology minded," USA Today, January 14, p. 5D.
"The Truth About Where You Live," Booklist, February 1.
"The Truth About Where You Live," Library Journal, April 1, p. 112.
"Atlas on toxins," LA Magazine (LA), August 16, p. 18.
"The Truth About Where You Live," Journal of the American Medical Association, August 5.
"Breast cancer on Long Island," Newsday (NY), September 15, p. 1.
"The Truth About Where You Live," Whole Earth Review, Fall, p. 80
"Village couple return from Rio conference on environment," Villager, November 1.
"Fending off the FEC," Public Citizen, March/April, p. 7.
"Providence County gets poor health report," Providence Journal (RI), February 24, p. 1.
"Action manuals for grown-ups," Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH), February 3, p. 5D.
"Anti-nuke speaker sparks raucous debate at library," Star-Phoenix (Canada), January 9, p. D5.
"Behind the slip to No. 122," Times-Union (NY), August 22, p. 1B.
1991 | "Uncontrolled sites, altered states," Gentlemen’s Quarterly, December 1, p. 103.
"Best places to live," Money Magazine, September 1, p. 137.
"Where no birds sing," New Scientist, June 8, p. 47.
"Deadly Deceit," Boston Phoenix Literary Section (MA), May 31, p. 12.
"State officials dispute dramatic mortality statistics," Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror (MA), March 28.
1990 | "Mankind as aggressor in the war on the planet," New York Times, April 14.
"Software spat," National Journal, February 24, p. 481.
"The Chernobyl syndrome," New York Times Book Review, July 22.
"Deadly Deceit," Health Physics, December 1.
"Deadly Deceit," Publishers Weekly, February 9.
"Sly statistics," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September 1, p. 40.
"A definite maybe," Nature, July 26, p. 325.
"Deadly Deceit," Booklist, April 15.
"Chernobyl proved low-level radiation may be dangerous," Chicago Tribune, May 4, p. 23.
"Nuclear duplicity," Texas Observer (TX), July 15, p. 20.
"Deadly Deceit," Multinational Monitor, June 1, p. 33.
"FEC Foible," Public Citizen, May/June, p. 6.
"The nuking of America," Earth Island Journal, Summer, p. 19.
"Book says US hid true radiation death totals," Sacramento Bee (CA), May 17.
"Book alleges coverup of radiation hazards," Harford Courant (CT), May 17.
"Nuke accidents: a terrible legacy," Boston Sunday Herald (MA), April 15, p. 53.
1988 | "Environmental group Greenpeace study," USA Today, October 14.
"Dying for a drink of water," Gambit (LA), November 8, p. 1.
"’Excess deaths’ cited in St. Louis," St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), October 13, p. 1.
"Study: Deaths highest along Mississippi River," Times-Picayune (LA), October 13, p. 1.
1987 | "Election Commission, set up as a watchdog, has become a pussycat," Wall Street Journal, Oct. 19, p1.
"Race bias found in location of toxic dumps," New York Times, April 16.
"Civil rights group links race with siting of toxic waste dumps," Christian Science Monitor, April 16.
"Rights group finds racism in dump siting," Washington Post, April 16.
"Hazardous Waste Management," Pollution Engineering, September 1, p. 29.
1986 | "PDA to FEC: ‘try to stop us’," PACs & Lobbies, September 17, p. 1.
"CEP’s study becomes a lesson in dispute," Chemical Week, May 7, p. 10.
"Toxic waste movement criticized," USA Today, April 30, p. 5A.
1985 | "Waste problem in MD," Washington Post, November 12.
"Waste deadline likely to close dumps," New York Times, November 8.
"Rules may force a third of toxic dumps to close," Los Angeles Times, November 4, p. 1.