President & CEO
Mr. Hecht was appointed President & CEO of Living Cities in July, 2007.
Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live.
deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.
Prior to joining Living Cities, Mr. Hecht co-founded One Economy Corporation, a non-profit organization focused on connecting low-income people to the economic mainstream through innovative, online content and increased broadband access.
As President, from 2000-2007, Mr. Hecht led the growth of the organization from 4 employees to a $12 million organization with 50+ staff, online media properties serving more than 150,000 low-income people a month, and programs in 40 states, the Middle East and Africa.
Immediately before One Economy, Mr. Hecht was Senior Vice President at the Enterprise Foundation.
led the organization's efforts beyond housing - into childcare, workforce development and economic development and oversaw the expansion of the organization's revolving loan fund from $30 million to $200 million.
Mr. Hecht received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his CPA from the State of Maryland.
For 10 years, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center and built the premier housing and community development clinical program in the country.
In 1997, he
was awarded Georgetown's Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.
has written three books, ManagingNonprofits.org (2001) with Rey Ramsey, Developing Affordable Housing: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations (3rd Edition, 2006) and Managing Affordable Housing: A Practical Guide for Building Stable Communities (1996) with James Stockard, all published by John Wiley & Sons
Over the years, Mr. Hecht has served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations.
He is currently Chairman of EveryoneOn, an national initiative founded by the Federal Communications Commission to connect low-income Americans to digital opportunity.
Most recently, he served as Finance Committee chair and Treasurer for the Georgetown Day School (GDS) board of trustees.
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Blog Posts by Ben Hecht
: Fixing how we teach our children is of paramount importance.
Jeff Edmondson of Strive, Living Cities' CEO Ben Hecht, and Willa Seldon of the Bridgespan Group on how data is central to effective collective impact efforts.
: "Despite the United States' reputation for financial innovation, impact investing seems to be leaving us behind.
Living Cities' CEO Ben Hecht explores how the open data revolution can help us to address our seemingly intractable social and economic challenges.
Big Data Gets Personal in U.S. Cities
: "We cannot miss the opportunity to harness this movement to move the needle on social problems that have long seemed intractable."
Harvard Business Review
Collaboration is the New Competition
: As collaboration is fast becoming the new competition, Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht shares
5 lessons for driving large-scale social change through collaboration.
"What Works for America's Communities" is a book and online platform from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund that challenged a wide array of thought leaders, including Living Cities' CEO Ben Hecht, to offer innovative ideas around the future of community development in America.
: "In the past fifty years, African-Americans and other minorities have seen profound improvements in educational attainment and economic opportunities, but a persistent race gap between white and non-white Americans remains.