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.

Talia Wujtewicz

Talia Wujtewicz joined ACS in July 2019 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Foundation Relations. She oversees the organization’s grant reporting and foundation fundraising activities that support ACS’s many programs.

Wujtewicz was previously the Development Manager at ACS. Prior to joining ACS, Wujtewicz worked in development operations in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, and at the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

Wujtewicz received her B.A. in Anthropology from George Mason University. She is originally from Connecticut.

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.