Meet the dream team who started it all; Leah and Josh, Debate it Forward's founders.


Debate it Forward Co-Founder and CEO


Leah is the CEO and co-founder of Debate it Forward. For the past three years, Leah has overseen the growth of DIF from its humble beginnings to the organization it is today.

Hailing from Minneapolis, Leah graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 with a B.A. in Comparative Human Development. She has much experience with debate, participating in the national debate circuit (for Lincoln-Douglas) and was once the 3rd best debater in the nation. Leah has also worked extensively with children in hospitals, preschools, camps, and as a tutor.

Leah hopes to see Debate it Forward grow into a national non-profit that will continue to enrich its students with the principles of debate. Interestingly enough, Leah is an amazing pogo sticker, able to go up and down a driveway with ease!


Debate it Forward Co-Founder and COO

Josh is the COO and co-founder of Debate it Forward. Along with Leah, Josh has worked tirelessly making Debate it Forward into an amazing education non-profit.


Josh graduated with a B.A in Economics at the University of Chicago. Born in Chicago, he knows a lot about the communities that Debate it Forward serves. Josh’s commitment to service is exemplified in his serving over 1700 hours for the education non-profit City Year. He also has knowledge of debate skills from his years in Model UN.


Josh is very excited about the increasing number of opportunities and challenges Debate it Forward will bring him, almost as excited as he is for his favorite restaurant, The Rainforest Café!

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