Ben Austin

Founder, Parent Revolution

Ben, a proud parent of two young daughters, has served as the Executive Director of Parent Revolution since April 2008 and currently serves as a member of the California State Board of Education. He has dedicated much of his career to fighting for a California where every child can get a great public education. Prior to launching the Parent Revolution, he directed the successful campaign to transform Locke High School from the worst high school in Los Angeles into a college preparatory model of reform. Ben has also served as a Deputy Mayor under Mayor Richard Riordan from 2000-2001, where he helped craft the mayor’s education reform policy; as well as Senior Advisor to Rob Reiner and First 5 California from 2002-2006, where he helped create LAUP (Los Angeles Universal Preschool), a $600 million preschool program rooted in high standards, accountability and parental choice that serves 10,000 low-income children every year.<br /> <br /> Ben has also worked on numerous Democratic presidential campaigns, served as the Communications Director for the 2000 Democratic National Convention Host Committee, served in the Clinton White House in a variety of roles between 1994-1999, and was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He is a native of Venice, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Georgetown Law School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tracy, and their two daughters, Fiona and Eloise.