DeNora Getachew

DeNora Getachew


Washington, DC USA

Democracy is a full-contact sport.


By Roadtrip Nation

DeNora Getachew


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in New York.
I knew early on that I wanted to become a lawyer but as a teen mother, I felt I needed to choose a path that would lead to a job opportunity straight after college, so I pursued computer science.
After one too many advanced calculus classes, I realized computer science was not for me, so I switched back to my original passion, earned my degree in legal studies, and went to law school.
I finished law school and started working in local government in New York City.
I built my career as an attorney trying to figure out how we can use all the tools in our toolbelt to make our democracy more inclusive and accessible.
I’m currently serving as CEO for, one of the largest nonprofit organizations for young people and social change.
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High School
Legal Studies
John Jay College (CUNY)
Fordham University School of Law



I fuel young people to change the world.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

I'm the CEO of creating opportunity for young people. That means I spend time talking to young people about mentoring and change. It also means talking to funders to help inspire them to invest in our work. I also write op-eds or other types of thought leadership to talk about the work that is doing.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Start with yourself and what matters to you. Hone in on an issue you care about. Some top issues I encourage young people to start with include mental health, climate justice, educational opportunity and equity, eliminating blockers to economic mobility, and creating a more inclusive and accessible democracy.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Legal Studies


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You can't stay on this academic path now that you're pregnant. You need to transfer to an alternative high school for pregnant women."

Challenges I Overcame

Young Parent