Bill Vandenberg directs U.S. Special Initiatives and Partnerships for the Open Society Foundations. In this role, Vandenberg serves as the lead grant-making liaison to the Foundations’ largest U.S. multi-issue advocacy grantees and develops strategies for civic engagement and nonpartisan political participation, particularly within people of color and low- and moderate-income communities. Beyond grant making, Vandenberg has staffed two Open Society future-focused investigations, including a “future of work” exploration of how emerging technologies could impact workers and the nature of work over the next 25 years. He currently heads up Project 2020, which is developing strategies to address the convergence of opportunities in 2020 around the United States’ decennial census, presidential election, and redistricting processes.
Vandenberg graduated from Boston College and was a Rockwood Leadership Institute transformative leadership fellow. He worked for 15 years as a grassroots political organizer, state-based strategist, and executive director at a number of advocacy organizations, including the Colorado Progressive Coalition, the racial and economic justice membership organization that he cofounded. Since joining the Open Society Foundations in 2008, Vandenberg has served in philanthropic leadership roles on civic and youth engagement and state-level activism and organization building.