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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Andres Idarraga, 2009

Founder & CEO, Creci

Andres Idarraga is an immigrant from Colombia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

Andres Idarraga is the Founder and CEO of Creci, a social impact lending platform. He is also is co-founder of the Transcending Through Education Foundation, a non-profit that supports the post-secondary education efforts of people in prison.

Andres was born in Medellin, Colombia and joined his father in Pawtucket, Rhode Island when he was six.

Andres received his JD from Yale Law School in 2011 and his AB from Brown University in 2008, where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a Rose Writing Fellow.

While at Brown, Andres worked on the Rhode Island Right to Vote campaign, which was successful in ending felony disenfranchisement in Rhode Island. As a result of that work, he testified in Congress in support of the Democracy Restoration Act of 2009, which would end felony disenfranchisement in federal elections.

At Yale, Andres served as student director of the Education Adequacy Clinic. In March 2010, the clinic won a major victory in the Connecticut Supreme Court that established a right to an adequate education under the state constitution for all Connecticut schoolchildren. He also co-founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Yale Law School, which sends law students to New Haven area high schools to teach a year-long course in Constitutional Law. Andres interned at the American Civil Liberties Union, Florida Legal Services, and the U.S. House Judiciary Committee while at Yale.

Education
  • JD Law | Yale University 2011
  • BA Economics | Brown University 2008
Awards
  • Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, 2017
  • Catalyst for Change Award, The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law, 2014
  • Selected, Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List, 2013
Work History
  • Creci, Founder & CEO | August 2018 - PRESENT
  • FlexFunds ETP, General Counsel | August 2016 - July 2018
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Associate | September 2011 - August 2016
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