Debra Gittler

Debra Gittler

Founder of ConTextos

2013 Global Fellow

ConTextos leads community reconciliation and violence prevention through the power of literacy and personal narrative, raising the voices of underestimated people affected by trauma. We work in schools, detention centers and communities, linking young-people’s real stories and lived-experience to policy makers and thought-leaders.


Debra Gittler is the founder and executive director of ConTextos, an educational nonprofit that transforms the quality of education in El Salvador. Previously, she was the coordinator and lead author of El Salvador’s national teacher training policy in literacy, part of a regional effort at educational reform. She studied social entrepreneurship and international education policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and as a NYC Teaching Fellow taught fifth grade in the South Bronx.