New Leadership for Montgomery County

Ben Shnider is running to represent District 3 on the Montgomery County Council, which includes Rockville, Gaithersburg, Leisure World, Washington Grove, and sections of Derwood, Aspen Hill, and Potomac. Ben's running to extend economic opportunity to all County residents and he's dedicated his life to fighting for progressive values.

In 2008, Ben worked as an organizer for then-Senator Barack Obama’s historic campaign for president. In that capacity, he brought together communities in Atlanta, Georgia and Detroit, Michigan to register and turnout unprecedented amounts of voters.

As Political Director for the pro-Israel, pro-peace group J Street, Ben helped build a national movement in favor of prioritizing diplomacy over war in the Middle East. J Street has grown to 180,000 members, over 60 staff, and a budget of over $9 million.

Ben also launched the political arm of the advocacy organization Bend the Arc, where he fought for a wide range of progressive priorities in Congress – from comprehensive immigration reform to racial and economic justice.

 Ben speaks with voters at a local house party.

Ben speaks with voters at a local house party.

As a member of the Board for the Montgomery County Action Committee for Transit, Ben pushed for expanded and improved transit in the county’s most underserved neighborhoods.

He currently serves as the Vice Chair of Rockville’s Human Rights Commission, where he has advocated for the rights of immigrant and refugee communities.

 Ben and Sheri greet community members on July 4th.

Ben and Sheri greet community members on July 4th.

Ben earned his Bachelor's Degree from Emory University and his Executive Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville and both of his parents are Montgomery County natives. 

He lives with his wife, Sheri, and rescue dog, Twist, in Rockville's King Farm neighborhood.