Ben Abeln is a life-long mountain resident who graduated from both Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle schools as well as Los Gatos High School. A manager at Summit Store, Ben's local business experience has helped him to understand budgets, economic development on the Summit, and the importance of connecting with his community. Before being elected to the Board of Trustees, Ben served on the Building Blocks Board and the Loma Public Education Fund Board where he served as President before stepping down to run for public office.
Ben was instrumental in the successful passage of Measure R which is providing much needed funding for the post fire reconstruction of the community center/classroom project as well as long overdue upgrades to the North Campus and more. Ben has been an active school volunteer working on major events and being "the guy" you call when a challenge needs a champion. His "whatever it takes" attitude has helped our schools/community in many ways such as securing the installation of grass for the kindergarten area, providing toys for local kids at Christmas, and repeatedly facilitating the delivery of food and water to first responders. Ben and his wife have three young children, two of whom are enrolled at Loma Prieta Elementary and one at Building Blocks.