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Lauren Appelbaum

Vice President, Communications and Entertainment & News Media

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Matan A. Koch

Vice President for Workforce, Leadership, and Faith Programs

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Philip Kahn-Pauli

Policy and Practices Director

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Franklin Anderson

Director of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development

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Nelly Nieblas

Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Engagement

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Tonya Koslo

Director of Finance and Administration

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Ben Spangenberg

National Leadership Program Director

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Vanni Le

Entertainment Outreach Program Manager

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Tatiana Lee

Senior Associate, Entertainment Media

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Lesley Hennen

Entertainment and News Media Associate

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Eric Ascher

Communications Associate

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Ian Cherutich

Development Associate

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Joshua Steinberg

Program Associate, RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

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Jake Stimell

Associate, Speakers Bureau & Jewish Inclusion

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Donjeta Sahiti

Special Assistant to the President

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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Senior Production Advisor

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Leah Romond

Senior Production Advisor

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Stan Goldman, PhD

Writing Coach

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Lupe Ramos-Silva

Senior Advisor

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Donna R. Walton

Senior Advisor

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Nicole Homerin

Education Consultant

Meet Our Fellows

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Alejandra Tristan, Philanthropy Apprentice

Alejandra Tristan is currently a student online at Arizona State University and pursuing her master’s in Public Nonprofit Administration. Her true passion is one day to no longer limit change to just the US but make a worldwide impact. [click to continue…]

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Ari Katz, Philanthropy Apprentice

Ari Katz is currently working toward her MA in Disability Studies online at the CUNY School of Professional Studies and expects to graduate in May 2023. When she has to be indoors, she watches a lot of TV. [click to continue…]

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Corey Evans, Entertainment and News Media Apprentice

Corey Evans previously worked for KATV in Little Rock (ABC Affilliate) and WSVN in Miami (FOX Affiliate) as a news editor. His career goal is to seek employment as a DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) coordinator. [click to continue…]

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Daniel Martinez, Civic Engagement Apprentice

Daniel Martinez identifies as a blind Chicano advocate, educator, and mentor of people with disabilities. He has a Masters of Education in Special Education from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. [click to continue…]

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Finn Bradley, Communications Apprentice

Finn Bradley is the founder of the Therapy Access Project (TAP), a nonprofit that assists members of the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities in obtaining mental health services. They has a strong background in circus performance. [click to continue…]

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Georgia Carr, Philanthropy Apprentice

Georgia Carr will earn her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2022. She has a special interest in improving the lives of queer youth. [click to continue…]

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Kiah Amara, Entertainment Media Apprentice

Kiah Amara (they/she) is a filmmaker, consultant, educator, producer, production accessibility coordinator, and media industry activist. Their work focuses on identity, fluidity, commonality, misconception, and all things “deviant from normal”. [click to continue…]

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Krista Ramirez-Villatoro, Entertainment Media Apprentice

Krista Ramirez-Villatoro is pursuing a Masters’ degree in Design and Media Arts from UCLA. Her goal is to become a director of photography on projects that highlight the experiences of those with physical disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Laquana Lightfoot, Entertainment and News Media Apprentice

Laquana Lightfoot earned her Associates Degree in Communications from LaGuardia Community College. She uses her writing and storytelling skills to further explain to individuals about autism and the seriousness of psychological health. [click to continue…]

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Mary McGill Lucas, Communications Apprentice

Mary McGill Lucas lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from the College of Charleston’s REACH Program in 2016 with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies. They pride themselves on authenticity and living intentionally. [click to continue…]

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Nicole Olarsch, Jewish Inclusion Apprentice

Nicole Olarsch graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in the Spring of 2021, with a BA in Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She was involved in the building of a new club on campus, The Deaf and Disabled Student Union. [click to continue…]

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Rostom Dadian, Civic Engagement Apprentice

Rostom Dadian has been involved in local politics and plans to continue to participate in the future. He is currently completing a master’s degree at CSULA in business administration with an option in finance. [click to continue…]

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Roy Payan, Policy and Civic Engagement Apprentice

Roy Payan graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a double major in Rehabilitation Services. He is currently working on his Masters in Public Policy for Nonprofits at the University of Southern California (USC). [click to continue…]

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Shereen Ali, Policy Apprentice

Shereen Ali’s goal is to approach disability advocacy with a business mindset. In her free time, she likes horseback riding, listening to Jazz music, traveling, and learning about other cultures. [click to continue…]

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Tammie Stevens, Policy Apprentice

Tammie Stevens worked for eight years at a nonprofit organization that provided instruction to those who were newly experiencing blindness. She hopes to normalize and remove the mystery of disabilities in the workplace. [click to continue…]

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