Ben Allen is a member and the immediate past president of the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board, teaches education law and public policy at UCLA Law School and Santa Monica College.
Elected as the top vote-getter in both his 2008 election and 2012 reelection, Ben Allen is a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education and is the Board’s immediate past President. He has been a leader on issues of teacher evaluation, sustainability, financial accountability, and community engagement. Allen is an attorney with the law firm of Richardson & Patel LLP, where his work focuses on government/political affairs and litigation. He is also an adjunct professor at UCLA Law School, where he teaches education law and policy. Ben is active with the Young Elected Officials Network, the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and Truman National Security Project, serves on the executive board of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association and L.A. County’s Committee on School District Organization, and is a delegate to the California Democratic State Convention. He has been reported in local press accounts as a rising star in regional politics.
While in law school, Allen served as a voting member of the University of California Board of Regents and as a judicial clerk with the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Afterwards, Allen was a litigator with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and then led the successful Los Angeles launch of The Spark Program, a non-profit organization that connects at-risk middle school students with apprenticeships. He currently serves on Spark’s board. Prior to his law career, Allen worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), and then as Communications Director for Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY). Allen has degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and UC Berkeley, and is fluent in Spanish.