Emily Thomson

Emily joined ACS in April 2021 and currently serves as a Development Associate in Membership and Sponsorship. Prior to joining ACS, Emily interned at the Human Rights Campaign and the American Red Cross in fundraising roles.

Emily graduated from The George Washington University in 2020. She received her B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Contemporary Cultures and Societies, and minors in Spanish and Sociocultural Anthropology. She is passionate about food justice and LGBTQ+ and women’s rights. In her free time, Emily enjoys baking, cooking, and community service. She is originally from New Jersey.

Juana Ines Pacheco

Juana Ines Pacheco joined ACS in 2021 and serves as the Director of Development. In this role, Pacheco creates, manages, and oversees fundraising strategies and specifically building programs for corporate giving, national and regional event sponsorship, and general membership for ACS. 

Pacheco is a senior fundraising and marketing executive with a proven track record of working with Fortune 500 corporations, corporate and private foundations, small to mid-sized businesses, high net worth individuals, and not-for-profit agencies. A published expert in the field of economic and community development with 25+ years of experience in the non-profit sector, Pacheco works exclusively with organizations that align with her values and vision, specifically those that focus on social justice, democracy, economic empowerment, and access. Pacheco offers a blend of strategy, multicultural and segment expertise, and experience in building and managing successful partnerships.

Pacheco has worked with organizations such as the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Voto Latino, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund to name a few. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts has motivated her volunteer time, having also served on the Board of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, New York City’s Community Board 11 (East Harlem), the Mt. Sinai Hospital Community Advisory Board (New York City), Princeton AlumniCorps, and the Latin American Legal Defense Fund (LALDEF). Pacheco currently sits on the Boards of the following organizations: the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA) and Girls Rule the Law. Pacheco holds a Bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the National Urban Fellows Program (Baruch College CUNY). Pacheco, her daughter, rescue dog, and two rescue cats live in New Jersey at this time.

Julene Pérez

Julene Pérez joined ACS in 2020 and serves as the Vice President of Development and External Relations. Working with a great team, she oversees fundraising, expanding ACS funding partnerships and communications. 

An experienced philanthropic and nonprofit leader, Julene has worked on multiple issues on behalf of underserved, low-income communities.

Julene has provided strategic support to many leaders and their organizations, including helping to launch the U.S.-Mexico Foundation. Working in the education and youth development field, Julene served as a Program Officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation where she helped lead a $100 million initiative and also built diverse partnerships to address the needs of children and families throughout California. Julene is a former Vice President of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and a former program associate with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where her grant-making focused on the nonprofit sector, civic participation and immigrant integration.

She received her BA in Liberal Arts from the University of San Francisco and has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs/Economic and Political Development from Columbia University.

She currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Lauren Nogay

Lauren Nogay joined ACS in July 2018 and served as a Development Associate.

Before joining ACS, she interned in the Curatorial Department of Gettysburg National Military Park and the Special Collections and Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization Departments of Penn State University Libraries.

Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University in the Spring of 2018 with B.A. degrees in History and International Politics, and a minor in French. While at Penn State, she studied abroad in Poland. She is originally from western Pennsylvania.

Courtni Y. Burleson

Courtni Burleson joined ACS in January 2015 was Senior Director of Foundation Relations. She oversaw the organization’s grant reporting and foundation fundraising activities that support ACS’s many programs.

Prior to joining ACS, Burleson worked on criminal justice policy issues as the staff attorney for the D.C. Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission, serving as the primary resource for guidance and policy support on the District’s Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines. Previously, she worked in New York as a senior program associate with the Vera Institute of Justice, Center on Sentencing and Corrections. She has litigated criminal appeals with the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City and served as a motions clerk and intern with public defender offices in Washington, D.C. and California. She has also worked as a freelance editor, collaborating on both fiction and non-fiction projects.

Burleson received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her B.A and M.S. in Justice, Law & Society from American University. While at Berkeley, she was the editor-in-chief of the African American Law & Policy Report and is a former co-chair, board member and fellowship coordinator for the Berkeley Law Foundation. Burleson is a member of the New York Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.