The Honorable Ben Allen is a newly elected California State Senator, representing the 26th District.  He is Past President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, having served on the School Board from 2008 to 2014.

Ben grew up in Santa Monica, attending local public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, serving as Student Body President at Santa Monica High School before going on to pursue higher education at Harvard, Cambridge, and UC Berkeley School of Law.

Ben is an attorney and former adjunct professor at UCLA Law School, where he taught a seminar on education law and policy/governance. He has taught Political Science 31 (Introduction to Public Policy) at Santa Monica College. Ben served as the one student member of the University of California's Board of Regents while in law school.  Before law school, he worked on the Latin American team of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and as Communications Director for Congressman Jose Serrano.