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Lauren Appelbaum

Vice President, Communications

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Philip Kahn-Pauli

Policy and Practices Director

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Ben Spangenberg

National Leadership Program Director

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Debbie Fink

Director of Community Outreach and Impact

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Franklin Anderson

Manager of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development

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Elizabeth Jones

Manager of Partnerships

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Candace Cable

California Workforce Program Manager

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Eric Ascher

Communications Associate

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Tonya Koslo

Director of Finance and Administration

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Tatiana Lee

Hollywood Inclusionist

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Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam

Inclusive Philanthropy Inclusionist

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Rebecca Gross

NYC Inclusionist

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Victor Santiago Pineda

Senior Advisor

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Matan A. Koch

Director of Project Moses and General Counsel

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Stan Goldman

Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

Meet Our Fellows

Adam Fishbein, Jewish Inclusion and Volunteer Recruitment Fellow

Adam Fishbein’s interest in disability advocacy stems from his own mental health and learning challenges. Throughout his childhood, he was involved in the PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance (PA-TSA) and the Tourette Association of America. [click to continue…]

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Ana Kohout, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Ana Kohout is a rising junior at Beloit College, where she is a double major in education and youth studies and disability studies. She hopes to become an elementary school teacher and work toward making schools more accessible. [click to continue…]

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Angelica Vega, Policy Fellow

As a person with a disability and woman of color, Angelica Vega is passionate about fighting stigmas and promoting diversity and inclusion in schools and the workplace. She is majoring in philosophy and minoring in public health at American University. [click to continue…]

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Anthony Rendolph Clarke Brown II, Communications Fellow

Anthony Brown currently writes recruiting profiles for athletes in high schools and junior colleges across the United States for He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature. [click to continue…]

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Elizabeth Batwinis, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Elizabeth Batwinis is a rising senior at Virginia Tech where she is working toward a dual degree in psychology and human development and a minor in integrative health and wellness. She enjoys teaching cycle classes and cheering on the Washington Nationals. [click to continue…]

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Grace Goldman, Community Outreach Fellow

A rising junior in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, Grace Goldman is also pursuing a minor in American Sign Language. This fall, she will begin working at the Disability Resource Center on campus. [click to continue…]

Jolie Carr, Communications Fellow

Jolie Carr is a senior at Samford University in Birmingham, where she is President of TEDxSamfordU, an organization that hosts TED talk-style events. She is also the VP of community relations for Samford’s chapter of the women’s fraternity Delta Delta Delta. [click to continue…]

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Laka Mitiku Negassa, Policy Fellow

Laka Mitiku Negassa just finished her first year in the master’s program at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is interested in how health policy affects the disability community in terms of access to health care and quality of that care. [click to continue…]

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Molly McConville, Policy Fellow

Molly McConville’s passion for disability rights stems from her personal relationships with family members and friends living with disabilities and witnessing firsthand the discrimination they experience. She hopes to pursue a career advocating for marginalized communities. [click to continue…]

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Nemo Charlton, Policy Fellow

Nemo Charlton’s interest in disability advocacy as well as social justice stems in part from having autism. At the University of Maryland, they advocated for Title IX funding through coalition building and a social media campaign. [click to continue…]

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Sarah Meehan, Political Communications Fellow

Sarah Meehan joined RespectAbility to continue her longstanding advocacy for people with disabilities, including herself. As a student, she co-founded the Association of Students with Disabilities or Chronic Conditions (A.S.D.C.C) and will serve as President next year. [click to continue…]


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