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Ben Brandzel is the Founder and Director of OPEN (Online Progressive Engagement Network), an alliance of the world's leading grassroots digital campaigning organizations. He's served as Advocacy Director for and Director of New Media Campaigns and Fundraising for Barack Obama's Organizing for America. He's a founding board member and former Senior Campaigner at and the Chief Founding Advisor for UK's 38 His writing has appeared in the American Prospect and The Nation magazines, amongst others. Ben is an avid biker and aspiring guitarist who lives in Berkeley and Washington DC.