Benjamin J. Kallos earned a B.A. in Psychology, Communication and Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Kallos’ activities included serving as Executive Managing Editor for the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal, Publications Editor for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal, Executive Board for the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Board and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Investor Representative for the Securities Law Clinic, and University Advisor for the University at Buffalo Office of Judicial Affairs.
Prior to receiving his J.D., Mr. Kallos worked in the field of technology and business consulting where he received recognition from the New York Times and other publications for his work with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, public universities, and sports franchises.
Mr. Kallos’ currently serves as In-House Counsel to a venture capital firm with investments in software for the financial, insurance and real estate (FIRE) industry as well as health and rehabilitation service providers. Prior to founding this firm, Mr. Kallos was an associate at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP a health law firm and Gorlick, Kravitz and Listhaus, P.C. a union side labor and employment law firm.
Mr. Kallos began at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP as an associate in the Health Care Collection & Reimbursement Recovery department, where he improved upon the firm's knowledge management to quickly resolve several hundred cases to the clients' delight. Soon thereafter, Mr. Kallos’ role was expanded to include insurance law. While in these roles Mr. Kallos litigated several hundred cases in Civil and Supreme Courts throughout the State of New York.
While an Associate at Gorlick, Kravitz and Listhaus, P.C., Mr. Kallos was working in the fields of ERISA litigation before the Federal Courts, employment litigation before the New York State Division of Human Rights, labor litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the development of employer policies and agreements including executive compensation.
Public Member, Communications Committee, February 2009 – Present
Co-Chair, Communications Committee, September 2007 – December 2007
Community Board Member, April 2006 – December 2007
- Appointed to represent the Upper East Side community’s interest in crucial issues of development, planning and service delivery.
- Serving several committees reviewing café and liquor license, zoning and land use applications.
- Lobbied for creation of Youth and Education Committee, created Youth and Education Committee internship program, developed guide to DYCD, and offered free yellow buses to community not-for-profits.
- Increased community transparency and accessibility by announcing availability of applications and openings for public members and by providing access to CB8M Speaks television show over the internet.
Technology, public policy, political and small business consulting services.
Fall 1994 - Present
- Clients include: New York Football Giants, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Inc., New York State Democratic Committee, JUMBO!com, North Shore University Hospital, State University of New York at Albany and Buffalo.
- Projects involved design and implementation of technology for information management, legal document management and automation; assets management; web design and marketing; physical network infrastructure design, support, and programming.
Director of Policy and Communication, April 2009 – September 2009
- Researched and drafted "100 Ideas for a Better City," issue briefings, questionnaires, and five policy papers on economy, education, environment, housing and good government.
- Press, website and social media responsibilities included media buys, advisories, press releases, press conferences, mailers, website development, viral videos, facebook, youtube, and twitter.
- Hired, supervised and managed staff, volunteers and over twenty interns.
Executive Director, February 2010 – Present
- Researched and drafted issue briefings, questionnaires, and five policy papers on
campaign finance, ethics, fiscal, legislative and redistricting.
- Press, website and social media responsibilities included advisories, press releases, press conferences, mailers, website development, viral videos, facebook, youtube, and twitter.
- Defeated disgraced Senator Pedro Espada and elected idealist now-Senator Gustavo Rivera in 2010 Democratic Primay.
- Lead protests for independent redistricting against Senators who signed the New York Uprising pledge but failed to keep their word.
Chair, State Coordination Committee, March 2009 – Present
Steering Committee, August 2006 – Present
- Election protection for President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Maffei, and Assembly Members Bing, Magnarelli and Schimel.
- Identified voter list issues in 2007 and created VoterSearch.org, assisting over 50,000 New Yorkers to verify their registration, later adopted by the New York State Board of Elections and MoveOn.org.
Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Jonathan L. Bing
January 2008 – February 2009
- Secured the passage of 13 bills in the Assembly, 6 through both houses, and 5 signed into law.
- Increased exposure to include major national newspapers, radio and television appearances.
- Legislative research, drafting, legal analysis and lobbying.
- Drafting press releases, newsletters, informational mailers and speeches.
- Responsibilities include constituent service, community meetings and event planning.
- Hiring, supervision and oversight of staff and interns in District and Albany offices.
The New York State Young Democrats is responsible for organizing Democrats between the ages of 16 and 35 throughout New York State into local chapters in all 62 counties as well as caucus around self identified demographics including High Schools, LGBTQ, Color, Jewish, Women and Disability.
- Made New York City and State Legislation as well as Legislator Attendance and Voting Records available for free online at OpenLegislation.org.
- Provide free open source tools for New York City Government agencies such as Community Board 8 Manhattan to make thousands of public information documents available for free online.