Ben de Guzman is a left-wing activist that works to promote Asian American-Pacific Islander and LGBT interests. Guzman currently serves as the director of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Guzman previously served as the Community Outreach Specialist in the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Affairs, where he was charged with agency’s constituent services and community engagement efforts.
Early Life and Education
Guzman is the son of Filipino immigrants and was born and raised in New Jersey. Guzman attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and Spanish. While at Berkeley, he held leadership positions in a number of ethnic-interest student organizations and held a part-time job running a volleyball program. Guzman has a Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania.
Guzman is the director of the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA). In this capacity, Guzman oversees initiatives on economic development, education, employment, housing, and health and human services for the District’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities. In Fiscal Year 2020, Guzman’s annual salary as director of MOAPIA totaled slightly more than $105,000.
Even as he serves as the Director of MOAPIA, Guzman is also employed by the Organization of Chinese Americans, a nonprofit that advocates for the social, political, and economic advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He also currently works as a consultant at the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity, an organization that fights for benefits for Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans who fought for the United States.
Before his time as director of MOAPIA, Guzman served as the Community Outreach Specialist for the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Affairs. Guzman helped coordinate the first “District of Pride” LGBTQ cultural performance event. He also served as both the Public Information Officer and the Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer for the agency. 
From 2005 to 2014, Guzman worked at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance where he managed policy advocacy and member management.
Between 2000 to 2005, Guzman was employed by the Asian American Justice Center, an organization that advocates for affirmative action and left-of-center election-administration policy and engages in left-leaning advocacy litigation on behalf of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. 
Guzman was named a Capital Hero by Capital Pride for his work on behalf of DC’s LGBTQ Community in 2019.
In 2015, Guzman received a Community Service Award from Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Guzman was recognized as a Pride and Heritage Hero by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum-D.C. Chapter in 2010.
Guzman is also an alum of the 2011 – 2012 Rockwood Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Advocacy Fellowship.
In a 2017 article titled “All in the Family: Dismantling the Binary of Work-Life Balance,” Guzman questioned the traditional definition of “family” and discussed how the term can mean different things to different people because of their cultural inflections.
In 2016, Guzman wrote a column that touted his efforts to protect abortion access. Guzman also discussed his attendance at a recent pro-abortion concert that featured social media photo filters that allowed guests to highlight their support of abortion. 
In 2013, Guzman wrote a column on immigration reform and expressed his support for increased low-skilled worker immigration and a weakening of enforcement powers of border patrol agents.