Fenton Names Ben Wyskida as New CEO
Progressive Communications Strategist to Lead Social Change Firm; Current CEO Michael Huttner To Assume New Role at Fenton
Big news! We’re excited to announce progressive communications strategist Ben Wyskida, as our next CEO. Ben is an accomplished political strategist and communications expert, with nearly 20 years of experience working for progressive social change.
Fenton’s current CEO, Michael Huttner, will be staying with our agency as our Political Director, and he will be launching an exciting new venture as well. In this new role, Michael will focus on helping Fenton clients spread the Trump resistance message into local communities across the country.
Effective May 15, Ben takes the helm at Fenton. Ben brings to Fenton deep expertise in criminal justice reform, sustainability, human rights and public interest law. He has been a leader in “media for media” communications for investigative journalism non-profits, and in developing impact campaigns for filmmakers and authors working for social change. Most recently he was an Executive Vice President at BerlinRosen Public Affairs, where he built the firm’s Philanthropy and Cultural Activism practice. There, Ben counseled many of the nation’s leading foundations and advocacy organizations on messaging and communications strategy. He has supported clients from the Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation and MacArthur Foundation to Lambda Legal, Color of Change and The Intercept.
Before BerlinRosen, Ben was with The Atlantic Philanthropies, where he developed capacity building programs and provided crisis communications support for a portfolio of grantees working on health care reform, immigration and social security. Ben has led communications for The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and The Nation Magazine. He began his career as an organizer for Sierra Club, winning a long-shot campaign to preserve more than 6,000 acres of pristine Maryland wilderness.
“This is an urgent moment for clear, bold communications from the progressive and philanthropic communities,” said Ben. “I’m proud to lead this talented group of communicators working for good, and excited to get to work and help our clients lift their voice in the debate.”
“Ben will be laser-focused on delivering world-class, integrated communications campaigns for foundations, non-profits and companies working for social change,” said Founder and Chairman David Fenton. “He is a dynamic leader and seasoned communicator with a deep personal commitment to social justice. We are also so pleased that Michael Huttner will remain with Fenton while pursuing this exciting new venture.”
Ben will be based in New York City. David Fenton will continue with the firm as Chairman and remain actively engaged in a variety of projects, focusing primarily on clients working to reverse climate change.