Ben Lynch is a Development Operations Associate on the Tech Innovation team at NDI. A previous project assistant on the team, his current role has him focusing on product testing and software lifecycle. After recieving an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy at Rice University, he worked at the Baker Institute for Public Policy focusing on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and subsequently spent time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho teaching high school math and HIV/AIDS education. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University. His interests center on the intersection of tech and governance, and how technology and software can increase citizen participation in governance and policy processes.