Ben Brandzel

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"After serving as’s original Advocacy Director from 2004-2006, Ben has become a significant global catalyst of progressive digital organising. After leaving MoveOn he helped found or advise what would become OPEN groups in Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, India and South Africa. He came home to serve as Director of New Media Campaigns and Fundraising for President Barack Obama during the 2009-2010 health reform campaign. Ben was a founding Campaign Director at Avaaz where he served on the Board of Directors from 2007-2016. From 2011-2012 he served as Strategy Director for the Citizen Engagement Lab, where he devised, tested and refined best practices for incubating and networking digital campaigning organisations. In 2013, he co-convened the OPEN Summit which led to OPEN’s creation and has been living this dream ever since." [1]

"Director of New Media Campaigns and Fundraising for the Democratic Party and Organizing for America (succesor organization to the Obama campaign). Former Advocacy Director of MoveOn, Adviser to GetUp, Campaign Director and Founding Board Member of Avaaz and North Carolina Online Campaign Director for Barack Obama. Consultant to NGOs and progressive political parties globally." [2]

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  1. Online Progressive Engagement Network Team, organizational web page, accessed November 8, 2018.
  2. Board, 38 Degrees, accessed September 7, 2011.
  3. SumOfUs Who we are, organizational web page, accessed August 27, 2012.