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Ben Hecht

President & CEO, Living Cities

Mr. Hecht is an experienced nonprofit executive, author and social entrepreneur. In July 2007, he joined Living Cities as its President and CEO. Previously, he founded One Economy Corporation in 2000, a nonprofit organization which brings the power of the Internet and the economic mainstream to low-income families living in affordable housing across the country. Immediately before One Economy, Mr. Hecht was Senior Vice President at the Enterprise Foundation. And in 1992, with Congressional support, Mr. Hecht founded the National Center for Tenant Ownership at Georgetown, a program facilitating affordable housing development by nonprofits and tenant groups nationwide. For 10 years, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center and built the premier housing and community development clinical program in the country. Mr. Hecht 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. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his CPA from the State of Maryland.