Before joining Appleseed in September 2017, Deirdre Flaherty was a co-founder of StoneTurn. Over the course of her career, Ms. Flaherty has been involved in a variety of forensic accounting matters, including investigations on behalf of Special Committees formed by Board of Directors, named directors and officers, and senior management. Prior to co-founding StoneTurn, Ms. Flaherty was with Deloitte, where she worked on behalf of the firm’s National Office to incorporate forensic accounting methodologies into the audit approach.
Elisa Ortiz joined Appleseed in December 2016 with 15 years of experience developing and leading advocacy campaigns, organizing and facilitating social justice coalitions, and leading project teams. She has worked in a variety of movements including tobacco control, transportation equity, low income housing, and reproductive rights. Most recently, she worked at Justice at Stake as the Deputy Director of State Affairs working with state partners, outreaching to new constituencies, and managing the annual conference of the judicial selection reform community. In addition to her work, Elisa also serves as the Chair of the Arlington County Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission and Co-Chair of the Arlington Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census.
Sarah Pacilio joined Appleseed in June 2019 as a Princeton AlumniCorps fellow. Originally from Sackets Harbor, NY, Sarah graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a degree in politics. Prior to graduating, she held internship positions in the office of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as well as with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees in Utica, NY. At Princeton, Sarah was active as Vice President of Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice. In this position, she successfully advocated to take steps towards achieving menstrual equity on campus.