Ben has been the President and Chief Executive of Living Cities since July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.
Prior to joining Living Cities, Ben co-founded One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of technology and information to connect low-income people to the economic mainstream through broadband in the home and public-purpose media.
Ben received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his CPA from the State of Maryland. For 10 years, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center. In 1997, he was awarded Georgetown’s prestigious Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.
Ben serves as chairman of EveryoneOn, a nonprofit committed to bringing broadband to all low income households. He also is a member of the U.S. National Advisory Board of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force. Ben most recently served as Finance Committee chair and Treasurer for the Georgetown Day School (GDS) board of trustees. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide in the area of Urban Policy.
Ben tweets at @benhecht.
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