Benton Coblentz was a program assistant with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, where he facilitated the Center’s work on Ukraine and the wider Eurasia region. He has written several articles for the Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert and New Atlanticist blogs.

Coblentz holds a BS in economics from the University of Washington. While at the University of Washington, he also studied Russian language and regional politics. He is now pursuing an MPA at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Coblentz worked in local economic development for the cities of Issaquah and Tukwila outside Seattle, Washington, where he focused on pandemic response and long-term local economic growth. He served on multiple boards of local organizations in the Seattle area, including as board chair for his local food bank in Tukwila, Washington.