Leonard Benardo

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Leonard Benardo is associate director of the Open Society Foundations, director of the Open Society Fellowship, and regional director for Eurasia. He works on individual grants and directs fellowship support to journalists, advocates, academics, and others working on innovative approaches to traditional open society challenges. He also oversees all Open Society grantmaking in Russia and is a liaison to the Central European University.

His writing has appeared in the New York TimesNew York Review of Books, International Herald Tribune and Book Forum, and he is the coauthor ofBrooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names and Citizen-in-Chief: The Second Lives of the American Presidents.