Christen Brandt

Ms. Christen Brandt is the co-founder and chief programmes officer at She’s the First, an NGO that provides scholarships for quality girls' education worldwide. She's the First began as a grassroots movement in 2009, and has since grown into a million-dollar organization which has funded nearly 2000 years of education. The NGO provides scholarships to girls in 11 countries, where they partner with local organizations for sustainable impact, and engages 200 campus chapters of high school and college students in advocacy and fundraising for girls' education.

Currently, Christen is overseeing an expansion to include more hyper-local partners and to provide programming grants for organizations to increase their overall impact while growing local capacity. In her spare time, Christen is also a self-defense instructor at the Center for anti-Violence Education, NY, and works to end all forms of violence against women through advocacy and action. In January 2016, her Facebook post about catcalling went viral, kicking off a worldwide conversation on casual street harassment. She is a strong advocate for women's rights, mentorship programs, and creating a holistic educational experience to ensure girls' success in the world.