Graduate School of Arts and Science Master of Arts, May 2010
After 12 years as a global union organizer and researcher in the U.S. and Latin America, Ben Cokelet founded PODER (Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research) in 2008 to improve corporate transparency and accountability in Latin America and to strengthen civil society stakeholders. PODER leverages business intelligence, transparency technology, and grassroots organizing to build a citizen-led corporate accountability movement. In 2009 PODER won NYU Stern School of Business's prestigious Social Venture Competition. In 2010 Ben was awarded Echoing Green and Ashoka fellowships.
Prior to founding PODER Ben worked as a community and union organizer, human rights advocate, and strategic corporate researcher in both the United States and Mexico. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and African and African-American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master's degree in International Business and Politics at NYU. At NYU, Ben was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Currently he also teaches Introduction to Community Organizing as a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. Ben and his family reside in Mexico City.