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Christen Brandt ('10)

Christen Brandt ('10)

Co-founder, She's the First

    Christen Brandt graduated in 2010 with BA degrees in English and Textual Studies and Magazine Journalism, and a minor in Political Science. She is currently the co-founder and Chief Programs Officer of She’s the First, a non-profit supporting girl’s education and empowerment in low-income countries around the globe. She is a member of New York Women in Communications (which gave her her first scholarship and connected her with her co-founder) and the Newhouse 44, an alumni group based in NYC — two groups she describes as the closest to her heart. Since graduation, she has been named among the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Women’s eNews, a Global Laureate Fellow of the International Youth Foundation, and a Leader in Local Innovation by the United Nations.

    What was your first major job after graduation?
    I started working in magazines while She’s the First was getting off the ground — first at Parents magazine, and later at Glamour.

    How has your ETS major helped you succeed?
    So much in life comes down to this: Can you figure it out? If you're skilled in analysis, research, and perspective, the answer is almost always “yes!” That’s what my ETS degree at Syracuse taught me: How to evaluate problems through multiple points of view.

    Christen is often on the road, visiting international partners for site visits across Latin America, Africa, and South Asia. But if you catch her at home in Brooklyn, you can usually find her in the kitchen, whipping up some of her famed mac and cheese.