Christen Brandt is the Director of International Operations at She’s the First, an NGO that sponsors girls’ education worldwide. There, she handles all international responsibilities within the organization, from vetting partners and setting up sponsorships to overseeing communications and donor relations. She works closely with ten partner programs to ensure students receive a quality education, and has a broad knowledge of effective programming for girls and youth. She is a great advocate of mentorship programs and creating a holistic educational experience involving more than academics. She also co-directed and produced a short film, Magho (Daughter), which focuses on relationship challenges girls face within the family as they gain an education.

Christen started her career in magazine journalism, and worked at both Parents magazine and Glamour, where she managed the Top Ten College Women scholarship contest. She’s a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she was a student during the conception of She’s the First and later graduated summa cum laude. She is keenly interested in the ways networks and support systems can effect education, as well as issues affecting girls globally.

Follow Christen on Twitter @cjbrandt