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Debra Gittler is founder and executive director of ConTextos, an educational NGO working in El Salvador and Chicago, using reading and writing as tools to develop life-skills, work-skills and pro-social behaviors amongst youth who are affected by violence, as witnesses, victims or perpetrators. ConTextos innovative programming targets transforms learning environments so that underserved and underestimated youth can thrive as students and citizens. Debra has a master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education (2010) with a focus on international policy and social entrepreneurship. She holds an MS in Bilingual Education (2004) from City College of New York and a BS in Int'l Community Development from the University of Michigan (2002). Debra has been recognized as an Echoing Green Global Fellow (2013), a Truman National Security Fellow (2015), a Schusterman REALITY Fellow (2016) a Cordes Fellow (2017) and a Chicago 35 Under 35.