Devontae Torriente L’24
Devontae joins the Penn Law community from Washington, D.C., where he lived for nearly a decade. He is a community organizer with a background in union organizing, political campaigns, and policy advocacy. Originally from New York City, he graduated cum laude from American University with a bachelor’s degree in Justice & Law and a minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies. While at American University, Devontae was elected to serve as student body president, becoming the first Black president of the American University Student Government.
After graduating, Devontae worked full-time in politics, first serving as Digital Strategist at Community Change, a national advocacy organization focused on income support, childcare, housing, and immigration campaigns. He subsequently worked at Priorities USA, the Democratic Party’s flagship political action committee, coordinating nearly $200 million in paid media with dozens of organizations focused on winning the 2020 presidential election. He also completed multiple internships while in D.C., including with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Judge Barbara J. Rothstein on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Center for American Progress. Devontae is a co-founder of Blue Future, a youth-led civic engagement organization focused on training young people to get involved with progressive political campaigns. He is also an associate member of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union and an organizer with the People’s Parity Project.
Devontae is open to various public interest career paths. He is interested in learning more about antitrust law, law and technology, appellate advocacy, and movement lawyering. He is also a pop culture enthusiast and avid cyclist who loves biking scenic trails.