Benjamin T. Brickner


Benjamin Brickner serves as counsel to the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on electoral campaign finance and its impact within democratic institutions.

Before joining the Center, Mr. Brickner was an associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton and member of its Real Estate Group.  His pro bono work included environmental conservation matters and development of non-profit organizations.

In 2013, Mr. Brickner briefly left Debevoise to manage a special election campaign for the New York State Assembly.  He previously served as policy advisor to New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey and legislative aide to Assemblyman Reed Gusciora.

Mr. Brickner is author of Reading Between the Lines: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting, a citizens’ guide and prescription for reform of the redistricting process, and co-author of Clean Elections: Public Financing in Six States, a policy primer and multi-case study of publicly financed electoral campaigns.

Mr. Brickner received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.  He received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and B.A. summa cum laude from Cornell University.

Mr. Brickner is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey.