Benjamin Perkins is currently the Vice President of Multicultural Initiatives/Health Equity for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He has worked in the public health field for fifteen years, nine of those years at The Fenway Institute, a division of Fenway Health, specializing in HIV prevention research and education to communities vulnerable to HIV infection. Benjamin received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2000 and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In addition to his education at Harvard Divinity School, Benjamin received his Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. His interests include running, reading theology, creative writing, and engaging in health equity/social justice work. In 2012, Benjamin married his husband, David Brown. They live in West Roxbury and are part of a thoroughly post-modern family that includes three children, two mothers, two dogs and one cat.