Benjamin Mahnke

Chief Financial Officer
Benjamin Mahnke

Ben has more than 20 years of experience working in roles that integrate finance, nonprofit strategy, and operations.

He served as the senior Finance officer for several large nonprofits, including Facing History and Ourselves and Jumpstart for Young Children. Ben often had the additional responsibilities of the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Acting Executive Director at prior organizations. In addition to his senior management experience, Ben has provided strategic and management consulting services to dozens of for-profit, nonprofit, and foundation clients at Bridgespan Group, a consultancy associated with Bain and Company, and The Room40 Group, a professional services firm he founded and led.

Ben is on the faculty of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University, where he teaches Strategic Financial Management for early- and mid-career nonprofit managers and executives. He is the coauthor, in 2023, of a paper published by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, documenting the full cost of PSH affordable Housing and the importance of operating subsidies to the quality and sustainability of the model.

Ben holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He and his family live in Newton.

People don't often look to the CFO for either. Usually, CFOs are expected to be some combination of calm, rational, and empirical under any and all circumstances. But for my part, consider me calm, rational, and empirical in support of the defiant joyousness of 2Life.