Bill Vandenberg directs the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Special Initiatives and Partnerships Unit. He serves as the lead grantmaking liaison to the Foundations’ largest multi-issue domestic grantees, investing in civic capacity and nonpartisan political participation, and leading efforts to respond to advocacy opportunities not addressed elsewhere within the Open Society Foundations. Current priorities include fiscal equity and public investment, raising the minimum wage, threats and opportunities for U.S. democracy in 2020, and the impacts of technology on future employment for the most marginalized communities.
Prior to joining Open Society, Vandenberg was a state-based advocate and organizer, serving as executive director for the Colorado Progressive Coalition, the multiracial, membership-based nonprofit that he cofounded. Vandenberg led winning grassroots campaigns to raise the minimum wage, defend affirmative action, increase public investment, confront racial profiling, and expand voter participation.
Vandenberg is a Boston College graduate and a former fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Program’s national fellowship for transformative nonprofit leadership. He serves in leadership roles with the Committee on States, the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, and the Youth Engagement Fund.