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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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Eric Ascher

Communications Associate

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Tonya Koslo

Director of Finance and Administration

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Matan A. Koch

Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

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Tatiana Lee

Hollywood Inclusion Associate

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Joshua Steinberg

Program Associate, RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

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Ian Cherutich

Development Associate

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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Senior Production Advisor

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Leah Romond

Senior Production Advisor

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Donna R. Walton

Senior Advisor

Meet Our Fellows

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Angelique Uwabera, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Angelique Uwabera is interested in exploring the inclusivity of people with disabilities in countries with limited resources. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations in May 2019. [click to continue…]

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Autumn Blalock, Community Outreach Fellow

Autumn Blalock has always believed that where inequity creates limits, art creates answers. This fall, she will begin her studies for a Masters in Theater and a certificate of Non-Profit Management at Villanova University. [click to continue…]

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Ben Rosloff, Communications Fellow

Ben Rosloff earned a BFA in Electronic Media from Long Island University. He has co-produced, edited and screened multiple films for the United Nations, including a film for World Autism Awareness Day, where Ben interviewed then-Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon. [click to continue…]

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Blair Webb, Jewish Inclusion Fellow

Blair Webb graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She has always dreamed of forming her own creative arts program for children with disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Chiquita Jackson, Policy Fellow

Chiquita Jackson studies Political Science, Social Justice, African-American Studies, and Pre-Law at the Columbia College of Missouri. She is passionate to ensure that her brothers and sisters voices are heard, and their rights protected. [click to continue…]

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KiAnna Dorsey, Communications Fellow

KiAnna Dorsey currently studies at the University of Miami to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Motion Pictures on the Production Track. She is very passionate about diversity and inclusion in the film industry. [click to continue…]

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Laka Mitiku Negassa, Policy Fellow

Laka Mitiku Negassa will graduate from the master’s program at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health in December. 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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Lily Coltoff, Communications Fellow

Lily Coltoff has spent a great deal of her life advocating for access for herself as well as for the awareness and understanding of rare conditions. After the Fellowship, she hopes to secure a job as a science writer. [click to continue…]

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Lizzy Francis, Communications Fellow

Lizzy Francis is a screenwriting major studying to create safe spaces for all groups of people, regardless of identity or ability. In 2017, Francis worked on an SXSW award-winning film in Vermont that aimed to integrate a crew and cast of people both with and without disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Maria Fernanda Heredia, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Maria Heredia graduated in June of 2020 from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. She spent the last two years partnering with the Office of Accessible Education at Williams addressing systematic inconsistences that disproportionately affect students with disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Nebiyu Dingetu, Communications Fellow

Nebiyu Dingetu previously worked at The Hollywood Reporter as one of three in-house video editors. His long-term goals include writing and producing movies and TV shows that will entertain but also educate and empower audiences. [click to continue…]

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Nicole Homerin, Community Outreach Fellow

Nicole Homerin has over a decade of experience working with individuals with disabilities as an incoming Doctoral student in Special Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Boston College. [click to continue…]

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Stephanie Santo, Policy Fellow

Stephanie Santo has a Master’s Degree in counseling for mental health and wellness from NYU. She feels a responsibility to communicate with her clients and is saddened by the lack of health care access many people have in the Deaf community. [click to continue…]

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