Ben is a co-founder of [Fundrise](https://fundrise.com/). Ben's responsibilities involve day-to-day management, strategic partnerships, deal underwriting, real estate development, and product strategy, financing, as well as setting the long-term strategy and goals for the company. Ben has 19 years of experience in real estate and finance, and he has acquired, developed, and financed more than $500 million of property in his time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation. Ben also started US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic private equity and operating company. He has worked as an analyst for Lubert-Adler, a private equity real estate fund. Ben was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. Ben is also co-founder of Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website.