Benji began the MSSE program following eight years in the peacebuilding field. He previously leveraged his communications expertise to enhance initiatives primarily focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some of these organizations include the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Mercy Corps’ Conflict Management Group, and Middle East Education through Technology. Benji most recently lived in the Netherlands and is happy to have escaped the rain to sunny Los Angeles. He received his BA/MA in Politics from Brandeis University and is an avid fencer.