Born and raised in Ohio. Ben Works left college to enlist in the Marine Corps and served for nine years on active duty, the better part of which was in special operations as a Raider. He deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he trained and conducted joint operations with Afghan Commandos, as well as to Indonesia and Thailand. After completing his service, he went back to school to complete his Economics degree at Stanford University. He is co-founder of an early-stage dual-use technology company which is focused on crowdsourced maritime intelligence.