Prior to joining Alliance for Justice as the 2010 Klagsbrun Fellow, Devan interned at various non-profits including the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and the National Organization for Women. Devan graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Women's Studies and minor in Political Science from Barnard College in 2010. During her time at Barnard, she served as a Peer Educator at the Barnard/Columbia Rape Crisis-Anti/Violence Support Center. She spent a semester at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and studied Mandarin for a year in Beijing.