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Benjamin Harwood

Ben Harwood.

Director of Foundation Relations & Strategic Initiatives

Development & Alumni Relations

383 Minor Hall
UC Berkeley School of Optometry & Vision Science
Berkeley, CA 94720


Ben is a successful development leader with extensive experience securing funds for conservation, education, youth and recreation programs, parks and other public lands, community outreach programs serving diverse audiences, and partnerships between public and private sectors. Before starting his current role with The Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science, for 14 years, he worked for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner of the GGNRA (National Park Service). His previous work primarily focused on securing grants for operations and programs, principally from institutional funding sources (foundations, corporations, and government).

Ben is thrilled to join the UDAR team as Berkeley Optometry approaches its 100th anniversary (2023) and the opportunity to help achieve the significant campaign goals of The Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science.

Ben was born in New Jersey but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys our region’s extraordinary coast and open space and loves spending time with his family.