BioBen Simon is a senior Government and Politics major at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ben got a quick start in the world of change making five years ago as a student at Montgomery Blair High School, where he united students from ten Montgomery County high schools to successfully divest the Montgomery County MCERS pension fund and the M-NCPPC pension fund from companies with operations supporting the Genocide in Darfur. After serving as Genocide Intervention Network's College Divestment Coordinator his freshman year, he worked for Search for Common Ground, where he was first introduced to the framework of social entrepreneurship.
At UMD, Ben co-founded The Love Movement, and is a former opinion columnist for The Diamondback. Most recently, he is the founder of MyMaryland.net, a new, nonprofit, non-partisan website to connect Maryland residents with their elected officials, and co-founder of the Food Recovery Network, a national campus network of student groups that recover the food from their colleges that would otherwise be going to waste and donate it to local homeless shelters.