According to the Grassroots Enterprise web site, "Westen is founder, vice-chair and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies, a non-profit organization that uses research and communications technologies to improve the processes of government and public policies. Westen is also a Senior Fellow for Electronic Democracy at the Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program in Washington, D.C., and he teaches communications law and policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
"Westen also founded the Democracy Network (www.dnet.org), the nation's largest online voter information system, as well as ConnectLA(www.ConnectLA.org), an online source of information for low-income communities. He is a board member of the Center for Democracy and Technology and an advisory board member of the Center for Media Education, both in Washington, D.C. Westen has co-authored numerous books on media, campaign financing, ballot initiative, state budget and judicial reform. He was the first chairman of Grassroots.com, which is now Grassroots Enterprise, Inc.
"Westen received his doctorate from the University of California Law School, his master of arts degree from the University of Oxford (graduating with first class honours) and his bachelor's degree from Pomona College."
Westen is also a professor of Communication Policy at the University of Southern California.