Ben Allen (politician)

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Benjamin JD Allen, known as Ben Allen, is an American politician. He is running for the California State Senate in District 26.[1] He is a lawyer and a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education .

Benjamin JD Allen
Born Santa Monica, Santa Monica
Residence Santa Monica, California
Political party Democratic

Early Life


  • UC Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), JD, focus on education law and policy, 2008
  • Cambridge University, M.Phil., Latin American Studies, 2001
  • Harvard University, BA magna cum laude, History, 2000 (study abroad - Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Santa Monica High School, Graduated 1996, Student Body President, Troop 2 Eagle Scout, Homecoming King, Captain Hook in Peter Pan
  • Lincoln Middle School, Santa Monica, 1989-1992
  • Franklin Elementary School, Santa Monica, 1983-1989[2]


Early work

  • Lecturer, UCLA Law School, 2011 - present
  • Attorney, Richardson and Patel LLP, 2011 - present
  • Los Angeles Managing Director / General Counsel, Spark Los Angeles 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney, Bryan Cave, 2008 - 2010
  • Regent, University of California, 2006 - 2008
  • 12th Grade Instructor, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, 2007 - 2008
  • Judicial Clerk, U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 2006
  • Communications Director, U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), 2004 - 2005
  • Development work in Latin America, National Democratic Institute, 2001 - 2004
  • Policy Intern, L.A. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 1998, 1999
  • Kindergarten and 3rd Grade Teacher, Harvard Hillel Children's School (Hebrew School), 1996-98, 1999-2000 [2]


  • Member, Board of Education, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, 2008-Present
  • Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Education Committee
  • Chair, Los Angeles County Office of Education Committee on School Board Organization
  • Los Angeles County School Trustees Association Board of Directors
  • Santa Monica College General Advisory Board
  • SMMUSD Financial Oversight Committee, 2006-2008
  • Santa Monica College Bond Oversight Committee, 2007-2008
  • Volunteer, Measures R and ES
  • Community Organizer, Los Angeles Unified School District, Measure K, Fall 2002 [2]

District 26

California's 26th Senate District includes Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Santa Catalina Island, and San Clemente Island. (This district was formerly the 28th Senate District, prior to redistricting.) [3]


As a candidate for California State Senate, Allen came in first place over the crowded eight candidate pool in the District 26 June 3rd Primary earlier this year. Ben continues to be a leader on issues of environmental sustainability, financial accountability, and community engagement. [3]


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