Bill Vandenberg is the program director of the Open Society Foundation's Democracy and Power Fund, a social change grantmaking program housed within U.S. Programs. Prior to joining OSF, Vandenberg lived in Denver for 17 years, where he was the executive director for the Colorado Progressive Coalition and Colorado Progressive Action, the statewide, multiracial nonprofits that he co-founded (in 1996 and 2002 respectively). Vandenberg led the coalition's work to advance racial and economic justice, with highlights including long-time leadership in the state's pro-affirmative action coalition, stewardship of the organization's immigrant justice and juvenile justice system reform organizing, and lobbying successfully to pass one of the nation's strongest anti-racial profiling laws.
He also led campaigns to raise Colorado's minimum wage in 2006; build community support for a successful referendum fight to roll back the nation's most restrictive and anti-government public investment law; and build the largest non-partisan voter mobilization drive in Colorado history, recognized as one of the nation's top five community-based voter programs.
Vandenberg is a graduate of Boston College and was a 2007-2008 fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Program's yearlong national fellowship for transformative leadership in the nonprofit sector. In addition to directing the Democracy and Power Fund, he has been convenor for OSF's Seize the Day special initiative and serves on the board of the General Service Foundation and on the steering committee for the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing.