Aaron Benjamin grew up in Maryland, where he first began to work with community-oriented nonprofits including the Community Arts program of Baltimore Clayworks and the Rebuilding Through Art Project. He has worked with communities in Baltimore, Ann Arbor, and Los Angeles addressing issues such as arts education, sustainability, and homelessness. Aaron received his Bachelors of Architecture, with a minor from Urban Policy and Planning, from the University of Southern California. For his award-winning thesis he submitted a project studying the effects of modernist urban planning and the subsequent Freeway Revolts on inner-city West Baltimore, as well as potential design solutions. Following graduation, he worked on the redevelopment of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in Los Angeles.