Ben Allen is a Member of and Immediate Past President of the SMMUSD Board of Education, where he has served our community since 2008.
He grew up in Santa Monica, attending District schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, serving as Student Body President at Samohi before going on to pursue higher education at Harvard, Cambridge, and UC Berkeley Law School.
Ben is an attorney and adjunct professor at UCLA Law School, where he teaches 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 at law school. Before law school, he worked on the Latin American team of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and then as Communications Director for Congressman Jose Serrano.