Benjamin de la Peña

Director of Community and National Strategy

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Benjamin de la Peña serves as the director of community and national strategy at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He works on the Foundation’s grant making to support the success of their communities through investments that create robust public life to attract, retain and harness talent; to expand opportunity by promoting economic integration; and, to encourage a culture of civic engagement.

He has written and spoken extensively on issues related to the development of cities and has published op-eds and commentaries on urban issues for Atlantic Cities, Next City, and TED City 2.0.

De la Peña earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in communication, major in journalism, from the University of the Philippines.