Ben Palmquist

Program Director, Health Care and Economic Democracy


Ben supports grassroots campaigns for universal, publicly financed healthcare and our New Social Contract project. Before joining Partners for Dignity & Rights, Ben planned a conference on grassroots community organizing, conducted worker-led labor research, supported community development organizations, and ran an international volunteer program, a fellowship program for young people of color and a day camp. He has worked with the Urban Justice Center, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Hester Street Collaborative, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Restaurant Opportunities Center-United, DataCenter, Interpretive Media Laboratory, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Yayasan Dian Desa (an Indonesian appropriate technology organization), and an Ecuadorian shelter for street children. Ben holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University.

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