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Jeanette Marquez, Policy Fellow

Nation Leadership Program, Fall 2017

Respectability fellow Jeanette Marquez smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Jeanette Marquez

Jeanette Marquez is a 2017 Public Policy and Employment Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program.Marquez is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Since she was a little girl, Marquez has lived with people with disabilities—three deaf siblings. She knows they also have dreams and goals in life and that it is important that society should be inclusive. For that reason, she has decided to be an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

Before joining RespectAbility,Marquez attended the seminar “Building Public and Political Leadership of Civil Society.” For her outstanding participation in this seminar, The Washington Center chose her for an internship in Washington D.C. with RespectAbility.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences in 2013 from The Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Mexico. In 2015,Marquez participated in an academic exchange in Business Administration at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. And she recently completed her master’s degree in Organizational and Human Development at the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Mexico.

Marquez wants to be a speaker to raise public awareness about equality and inclusion and create a organization that prepares people with disabilities to operate their own businesses. Her interest is in developing entrepreneurship skills for people with disabilities.


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact for more information.



Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

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