Ben Calabaza, is from Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa) located in central New Mexico. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre and Communication Arts with a focus in Design from Whittier College in Whittier, California. Upon graduation in 2004, Ben co-‐founded Iroots Media, LLC; a design and marketing firm. He also worked as a Senior Designer for the Anilta Corporation in Paramount, California from 2004 to 2007.
In 2007, Ben moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and relocated Iroots Media. Upon his return, Ben noticed the need for youth programs for Pueblo communities in New Mexico. He drew from his experience and created Media Literacy workshops for pueblo youth. His programs have been included within the Notah Begay III Foundation’s work in the community of San Felipe Pueblo, the UNM Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Iroots Media has produced national and local design campaigns for SeaSnax in partnership with Liaka Animation, the National Indian Health Board, the American Indian Housing Council, the New Mexico Museum Foundation, the Pueblo of Laguna, and the Pueblo of Jemez to name a few.
Currently, Ben is the Vice President of Creative and Marketing for Iroots Media, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). He teaches classes in Digital Arts and Public Speaking. He also coaches the IAIA Cross Country team from a cultural perspective. Been received his coaching certification from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.