Ben O'Keefe is a Forbes 30 Under 30 award-winning multi-hyphenate and Chief Executive Officer of Chaotic Good, a social good company.
He is known for his transformative work in culture, politics, and entertainment as well as a social change activist, television personality, and progressive thought-leader. O'Keefe has worked with and advised many of the top leaders, celebrities, and brands in the nation.
With an ability to create intimate conversations with large audiences, O’Keefe is a sought-after public speaker who discusses racial justice, gender and sexuality, and other identity topics, as well as conversations and workshops on corporate social responsibility and organizational culture shifts towards inclusion and equity, and finding and using your power.
O’Keefe is perhaps best known for his viral campaign to hold clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch accountable for their past discrimination of plus-size and BIPOC young consumers. His work helped to contribute to the present-day body positivity movement and is the subject of the hit Netflix film WHITE HOT: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch.
Ben has spearheaded countless impact and digital campaigns including the #TakeDownTheFlag campaign to remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse and retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart, Alicia Keys’ Vote Love campaign, and the digital movement to save death row inmate Richard Glossip from execution.
O’Keefe served as Senior Creative Lead and Advisor for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign and as the Impact Producer for the film ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy from Amazon Studios, featuring Stacey Abrams and her fight against voter suppression.
In 2021, he launched an award-winning podcast “Anti-Racism at Work” which premiered on the Himalaya Network. With this podcast, O’Keefe explores the power people have to drive lasting human rights improvements and combat deeply ingrained racism in the workplace, and equips listeners with tools to build a workplace that gives all employees the opportunity to thrive.
O'Keefe is also an alum of Creator+ Studios and MoveOn.org where he served on their senior leadership teams and MTV News where he served as head writer of the Webby Award winning “DECODED,” a series on race and pop culture.
Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Media Project, a multifaceted organization that provides support and funding to documentary films and filmmakers and Project Heal, the leading national eating disorder treatment organization. He is an executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences & Judge of The Webby Awards as well as the NAACP Image Awards.