Hailing from a sleepy New England farm-town, Deven Comen (she/her/hers) grew up in a working-class, close-knit family. Raised on volunteerism and civic participation, Deven feels a deep reverence for building community across lines of difference. After teaching students with exceptionalities at Anacostia Senior High School, Deven will always identity first as an educator. A former Deloitte consultant, Deven supported the design and launch of President Obama’s My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to improving opportunities for young men of color. Currently, Deven is chief of staff in a dynamic division of the College Board focused on changing trajectories for first-generation and low-income students. As a Pell-eligible first-generation college student, Deven graduated with a BA from Georgetown University’s Government honors program and with an M.Ed from George Mason University. Deven is a board member of Young Playwrights Theatre, an anti-oppression organization unlocking the power of youth storytelling. A cold brew connoisseur, Deven also loves teaching indoor cycling, baking birthday pies, and reading outside.