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Jeanette Marquez, Policy Apprentice

Nation Leadership Program, Fall 2017

Respectability fellow Jeanette Marquez smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner

Jeanette Marquez

Jeanette Marquez was a 2017 Public Policy and Employment Apprentice 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 [email protected] for more information.



Meet the Author

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 [email protected]

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