Portfolio Management Director, Citizen Security Practice Area
GETTING TO KNOW BEN REMPELL
Ben Rempell is an expert in citizen security, crime and violence prevention, conflict mitigation and program management, among other areas. In his role with the Citizen Security Practice Area, he oversees Creative’s programs across Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure high-quality implementation.
Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative
My role as Portfolio Management Director is to ensure strong management and implementation for Creative’s programs in the Citizen Security Practice Area, which includes programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and the Caribbean. This includes a focus on adaptive and responsive program management, ensuring field teams are receiving efficient and effective home office support, and high-quality technical program implementation.
In addition, I am the Project Director for the USAID-funded El Salvador Crime and Violence Prevention Program, providing technical and management leadership on evidence-based and innovative programming with goals of supporting communities, municipal leaders, and national government actors in preventing crime and violence in El Salvador’s most violent areas.
Do you have an accomplishment, programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?
To have the opportunity to support communities and governments in the Northern Triangle to combat and prevent gang-related violence has been the most rewarding work in my career.
I arrived in Honduras with USAID in 2012 at a time when Honduras had the highest homicide rates in the world. We were able bring successful methods from the US and invest in Honduran individuals and institutions who were willing to try new approaches and take calculated risks to improve security.
Working collaboratively with inter-agency colleagues and being led by the Honduran partners who had to live the daily realities of gang violence, we observed notable decreases in homicides and increases in citizen perception of security and confidence in their police. I am continually humbled and honored to be able to work alongside those who are committed to making their communities safer for their constituents, their neighbors, and their families and to combatting this significant and devastating development challenge.
Crime and Violence Prevention, Youth, Conflict Management, Political Transitions, Civil Society Advocacy
MA in International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | MPA, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University | BA in Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies, Brandeis University
19 years of experience in conflict prevention and resolution, citizen security, political transitions and governance in Palestine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Lebanon, Honduras, and El Salvador