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Jaime H. Pacheco-Orozco

Jaime H. Pacheco-Orozco, Board of Advisors

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Jaime Pacheco-Orozco

Jaime Pacheco-Orozco currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles, Department on Disability, where he manages the day-to-day operations of the department and oversees the budgetary, legislative, and strategic planning processes. He has been active in the workforce development arena for past twenty years and previously served as the Division Chief of the City’s Workforce Development System.

In this capacity, Jaime continues to dedicate his time and energy to ensuring that People with Disabilities are afforded the opportunity and provided the option to be fully integrated in the workforce and educational systems. A firm believer that individuals have the right to be productive and contributing members of their communities, he has championed workforce initiatives targeting chronically homeless individuals, ex-offenders, and individuals with disabilities. He has worked diligently with staff and community partners to develop and expand access to disability etiquette training and certification programs, to job readiness and vocational training programs, and to educational services and accommodations. He established the Workforce Development System of the City of Los Angeles as the Employment Network for the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program, and has worked tirelessly to bring together federal, state, and local agencies to better coordinate services for individuals with disabilities.

Jaime understands the myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes associated with being a Person with Disabilities. He has both physical and neurological disabilities. As a child, he was diagnosed with a congenital hip disorder, which required hospitalization and leg braces. He also has a history of stuttering, and developed epilepsy as a result of a traumatic brain injury. As the father of two teenagers with disabilities, he is familiar with the challenges that parents face attempting to secure a Fair and Appropriate Public Education in the K-12 and post-secondary educational systems.

Jaime earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University, and has worked in the private, educational, and public sector arenas. He serves as the Chair of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee for the Central Los Angeles area, and previously served on the School Site Council in his children’s school. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the California Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, as an appointee of the Speaker of the California Assembly.

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Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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