Olivia Benson

"I am changing business ownership and development opportunities for women and girls."

Focus Area: Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development

School: University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2)


Olivia Benson is an experienced public policy and public affairs professional with a proven track record of implementing high-level, large-scale programs and initiatives across government, private and non-profit sectors. She is a television and radio commentator and speaks frequently on topics related to paid and earned media political campaigns; local, state, and national politics, and; empowering young people to get involved in their local government. A graduate of both the Carnegie Mellon University and Point Park University, Olivia is currently a candidate for a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as the Director of Youth Policy for the City of Pittsburgh, leading the city’s education, employment and civic engagement programs for thousands of students and young adults.