Donna Axel obtained her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991 and her JD from City University of New York School of Law in 1995. In 1994, Axel began working as a writer-rapporteur, summarizing national and international meetings. Working in the United Nations arena (1996-1998), Axel monitored the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), reporting on the process and fostering broad-based membership for the Coalition for an ICC and the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice in the ICC. After the Rome Treaty Conference creating this court, Axel worked as a legal research and writing consultant for the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs and other nonprofits. In 1997, Axel began teaching at The New School (NYC), and then became assistant professor in political science and pre-law advisor-coordinator at New Jersey City University. Axel teaches writing-intensive courses in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society and is a Proposal Editor & Writing Coach in CU Boulder's Research & Innovation Office (RIO), and also co-founded two nonprofits: J-SUP: Boulder Law Center for the Unhoused and SIPP (Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects). She has published in several areas, including the ICC, the efficacy of drug courts, teaching law to undergraduates, and most recently environmental issues and the graphic novel, Asterix and the Black Gold. She is passionate about writing and teaching.