DeNora Getachew Wins AJLI “Rising Star” Award
Congratulations to DeNora Getachew, co-chair of the Advocates for Public Policy committee (APP), who received a “Rising Star” award from the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) at their Annual Conference in Atlanta on May 14. Given to only one or two volunteers each year, this prestigious award recognizes women who, in their earliest years of Junior League volunteering, have demonstrated consistent leadership potential.
“It was such a privilege to be at AJLI’s Annual Conference to celebrate this honor with DeNora,” says NYJL President Stacey Lawrence Lee. “She exemplifies the very best of the NYJL and truly is a rising star.”
DeNora has demonstrated her leadership savvy since joining the NYJL in 2010. While serving on the Fundraisers committee as a Provisional, she secured high-end auction items and drove ticket sales for the Bags and Bubbles event, which led to her being named a Provisional on the Move. She joined APP in 2012 and has made it her mission to ensure that the committee stays focused on issues with the greatest impact on women and children. For example, this past year, when APP decided for the first time to advocate for a local community issue, she created a survey that was sent to all NYJL volunteers asking for their feedback.
DeNora is known for boldly seeking out new opportunities to collaborate with prominent community organizations, coalitions, and elected officials with the goal of driving change and developing higher public visibility for the NYJL and its initiatives. As APP co-chair, she also partners closely with the New York State Public Affairs Committee to form critical relationships with statewide organizations and other Junior Leagues throughout the state.
“DeNora is a born leader who brings compassion and thoughtfulness to everything she does,” notes Leah Wenger, Strategy and Communications Senior Council Head. “She has worked tirelessly to raise awareness, build support and advocate for those in need.
She also understands the importance of communicating and has done a tremendous job publicizing APP’s ‘wins,’ both internally and externally. For example, when New York State passed the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act last fall – a bill that APP had been advocating for since 2011 – DeNora immediately wrote a story to post on nyjl.org and then shared and tweeted the news on social media.”
For all of her exceptional work on APP, DeNora was named an NYJL Woman to Watch in 2015.
Professionally, DeNora is an accomplished attorney specializing in advocacy, and is the campaign manager and legislative counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City. She serves on the boards of the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem and Planned Parenthood NYC Votes. She also is vice chair of her local community board in Manhattan… and hopes to take on higher-level community leadership, including possibly running for local office.
“While the NYJL has recognized me as a Provisional on the Move and a Woman to Watch, this is not the reason that I remain an active volunteer,” says DeNora. “I dedicate my time and skills to the League because I believe in its power to strengthen the health and well-being of New York City’s women, children and families.”