DeNora is a native New Yorker and passionate advocate who over the last decade has fought to improve our democracy at the national, state and local level.
Like many of GC’s students, she was in high school when she had her “light bulb moment” about the importance of being a strong advocate and how to mount an advocacy campaign to seek change.
DeNora attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Fordham University School of Law. She cut her teeth working on local democracy and government reform for former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Throughout her career, DeNora has shaped state and local policy on a host of reform issues, including as Campaign manager & Legislative Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Policy Director for then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Policy Director at Citizens Union, Legislative Director at the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and Legislative Attorney for the New York City Council’s Governmental Operations Committee. She has worked to modernize state voting and campaign finance laws; increase government accountability and transparency; improve New York City’s education and social welfare systems; and enhance police accountability and oversight. During her democracy and social justice travels, DeNora has contributed to the New York Times’ City blog, Huffington Post, the Des Moines Register, Newsday, and Gotham Gazette.
DeNora values giving back to her community. She serves as a board member of Union Settlement and Planned Parenthood NYC Votes. She also volunteers with the New York Junior League and with the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Inc., where she works to improve outcomes for and provide opportunities to underserved young adults.
DeNora is a mother of three who lives on New York’s Upper West Side with her husband, Mark. In her non-existent free time, DeNora enjoys traveling to relaxing beach destinations, reading, and trying random fitness classes.