Mayor Ben Walsh is the 54th Chief Executive Officer of the City of Syracuse. He is a native of Syracuse whose approach to leadership and public service was shaped by growing up on the city’s West Side neighborhood in a family of proud public servants. He attended and graduated from Ithaca College before attending Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where he earned his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA).
Before becoming Mayor, Ben Walsh played a lead role in some of the most transformational projects in Syracuse’s recent history. From the creation of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank to the successful redevelopment of the Hotel Syracuse, Walsh earned a reputation as a pragmatic and collaborative leader who brings the right people together to get the job done. In his six years working at City Hall, as the deputy commissioner of neighborhood and business development, he interacted with business owners and neighborhood residents on a daily basis.
Mayor Walsh currently resides on the city’s West Side with his wife, Lindsay, and their two daughters. In his spare time Mayor Walsh enjoys spending time with his girls, watching Syracuse University sports, and exploring urban and rural landscapes.