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Christina Revilla Chacon, Policy Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2018

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Christina Revilla Chacon

Christina Revilla Chacon was a Policy Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2018. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Revilla Chacon was excited to join the RespectAbility team to experience direct advocacy. She is passionate about dismantling the obstacles people with disabilities face each day to reach new opportunities in employment and education. Through RespectAbility, she hoped to gain experience in the nonprofit sector and to advocate for policy issues she is passionate about.

Originally from Weymouth, Massachusetts, Christina has called Washington, D.C., her home for the past three years. She was a rising senior at the Catholic University of America and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in psychology. She has interned on both the state and federal level of U.S. government and internationally as an intern for the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Through her community service and work in student government, she has acquired a passion to fight for issues that are important for the common good. After her undergraduate studies, she hopes to put her interests and passions to work as a lawyer, fighting for minorities that lack health care, education or a livable wage.

While changing the world is on her future to do list, she dreams of moving back to the UK and trying every pub within the city’s perimeters to find the best meat pie and pint combo. For now, Revilla Chacon enjoys exploring DC in an attempt to find the best breakfast spot this side of the Atlantic. She also enjoys repeatedly binge-watching The Office, showing anyone who asks (or doesn’t) pictures of her dog and going for runs on the National Mall.

Revilla Chacon wrote two pieces during the 2018 Summer Apprenticeship. Check them out on our website:


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.



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