Ben Walton is a philanthropist and investor.
Ben and his wife Lucy Ana have a shared interest in early childhood development and support initiatives that promote equal opportunity among children under the age of five. With the philosophy that collaborative early childhood development programs can offer all children the opportunity to succeed, Ben and Lucy Ana focus on programs that address parental perinatal mental health needs, as well as those of children; parental education and awareness; and prevention and treatment of abuse and neglect.
To create a pathway for like-minded philanthropists, Ben founded the Early Childhood Philanthropist Group, now known as Constellation Philanthropy, where he is on the board. He is co-founder and a board member of Fundación Viento Sur, where he and Lucy Ana support education, early childhood development and nature conservancy initiatives in Chile.
Ben and Lucy Ana are currently developing Zoma Capital, an investment portfolio with strategies in Colorado and in Chile focused on issues of energy, water and community development. They are active advocates of Pay for Success programs in Colorado and nationwide.
Ben has been active on the boards of City Year Denver (past co-chair), the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Sustainable Settings, Graland Country Day School (current) and Choate Rosemary Hall.
Ben studied at Georgetown and holds a degree from the University of Colorado in environmental design with a focus in architecture.
Ben is the grandson of Helen and Sam Walton, founders of the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart.