Ben Odendahl is a Senior Director and municipal practice lead at Federal Advocates, where he leverages his knowledge of the federal funding process, as well as his relationships in Congress and within federal agencies, to advocate for clients’ needs in transportation, infrastructure, and public safety policy.
A solution-driven problem solver, Ben meets with federal agencies to address clients’ concerns and provides strategic advice to ensure clients deliver the most impactful message to Congressional policymakers and Executive agencies. As a result, Ben has secured a variety of federal funding options for clients, including $20 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), now known as BUILD, program for port upgrades for a private facility on the East Coast and a $32 million loan for a construction of a desalination facility on the West Coast.
Previously, Ben was a Legislative Assistant for Charter Communications, tracking state and local lobbying compliance across the country. He was also a Law and Policy Fellow in Rep. Terri Sewell’s (D-AL) office, where he was the primary drafter of H.R. 431, a law awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.