Benji is an urban planning and real estate development professional, leading McKenzie Construction's business development and operations. He has worked on a series of real estate development related projects in Miami, including working with the Goldman Properties Company on a historic preservation redevelopment toolkit for the Miami Downtown Development Authority and serving as a project manager with a retail developer. He has experience in real estate development, urban planning, and community development, with extensive knowledge of South Florida’s communities and their history.
Benji was born in Santiago, Chile and has been a resident of Miami for 30 years. His undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania explored the intersection of urban design and community organizing issues and he is a dual degree alum from MIT’s Masters in City Planning and Master of Science in Real Estate Development programs. Outside of work he is a member of the Miami Fellows program's Class 6 cohort, is one of the founders of the Miami chapter of the New Leaders Council, and is an active member in the ULI Southeast Florida District's Young Leaders group.