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Donjeta Sahiti

Donjeta Sahiti, Special Assistant to the President

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Donjeta Sahiti

Donjeta Sahiti is the Special Assistant to the President at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Sahiti earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. She previously interned at Senator Cory Booker’s Office and for the nonprofit organization JESPY House. Her experiences have inspired her to enter the nonprofit field because it is where she feels she can make the greatest change in society moving forward.

Sahiti is excited about being a part of the RespectAbility team where she brings her invaluable skills and passions around how a nonprofit organization is run, from top to bottom, to ensure maximum positive social impact and mission achievement. She understands the importance of entrepreneurial stewardship to a nonprofit organization. She is also passionate around opportunities for people with disabilities and is a member of the disability community herself.

Sahiti lives by Aristotle’s quote, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” She believes that high quality education is a human right and not a privilege. She believes that education is the key to empowerment and kindness is the path towards impact.

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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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Respect Ability - Fighting Stigmas. Advancing Opportunities.


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West Coast: 5115 Wilshire Blvd, #231, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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