Ben is originally from Northern Wisconsin, where he took the 4-H pledge and founded his first technology company before entering high school.
In Duluth, Minnesota, he teamed up with the mayor and other community leaders, running a formidable campaign to attract Google Fiber internet service. While living in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, he designed and developed Ruby on Rails applications for startups and large companies. At Symantec, he eliminated six-hour-long schema design meetings and harmonized data structures by inventing a novel, API-driven approach to exchanging data between discordant teams.
Ben moved to Cupertino, California after being recruited by Apple where he worked on internal tools for Maps, iTunes, iCloud, and Radar. He relocated to Lake Tahoe after leaving Apple but was quickly hired by the United States Digital Service.
During his USDS tour of duty in our nation’s capital, Ben was detailed to 18F and VA for his work on Login.gov and VA.gov. He also developed an affinity for Shake Shack.
Returning to Northern California, Ben was called upon to implement the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Motor Voter System, spending some nights sleeping in DMV conference rooms in order to see the project through. Subsequently, he was transferred to a State of California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) division as an executive in charge of its $700M modernization effort. He introduced both DMV and the Department of Health Care Services to modern development environments that fully leveraged Amazon Web Services, using Docker containers to deliver high quality digital services.
Ben moved to Baltimore in 2019 to work with the Data and Systems Group (DSG) within the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), ultimately becoming Program Director over the MACBIS System Integration contract.
Ben Damman joined Arch Systems as CTO in March of 2020. He has no college degree. No impressive certifications. Instead, he has spent his professional life cultivating the knowledge and power necessary to deliver uncommon results.