Our Team

Staff

Staff

Elizabeth Ballart

Senior Staff Attorney, Accessibility Project

Elizabeth Ballart

Elizabeth is experienced in civil rights impact litigation, negotiation and mediations, and individual representation of children and adults with disabilities.

Elizabeth previously worked in private practice as a special education attorney and has held Staff Attorney positions at Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Disability Rights California (DRC). She earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. She is admitted to practice in California.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has been dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities. She enjoys working with all clients but has particular expertise working with clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to law school, she worked in behavioral therapy and early intervention with youth with autism and their families. She embraces disability advocacy that centers on empathy and clients as whole people.

Elizabeth shares her home with two free-roam rabbits and volunteers with the House Rabbit Society in Richmond, CA.

Lauren Deutsch, Esq.

Executive Director

Lauren Deutsch, Esq.

Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 2001, and worked in migrant women’s health in San Diego, California, prior to law school. She graduated with her Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2008, and began her legal career in New York City as a Postgraduate Domestic Violence Fellow, before joining the Domestic Violence unit at The Legal Aid Society of Rochester in 2010, and becoming the Executive Director of the Healthy Baby Network, a reproductive justice organization, in 2014. Lauren worked in reproductive justice until 2018, when she became Executive Director of the Worker Justice Center of New York, a statewide legal services organization serving laborers, with a focus on immigrant workers, human trafficking and workplace sexual assault survivors. Lauren’s research interests include racial inequities in legal outcomes, effective social services access for clients living with trauma, and the impact of poverty on health equity. Lauren lives in Brighton, with her spouse and three children.

Ana Diaz

Director of Operations

Ana Diaz

Ana is passionate about lifelong learning, tackling systemic issues, and serving the community, and loves that she has an opportunity to expand on all of these things at CREEC. Before coming to CREEC, Ana worked and volunteered in a diverse array of fields including teaching students with developmental and intellectual disabilities at The Arc of Loudoun, supporting a nonprofit development office, and managing a small town coffee spot. Most recently, Ana was a consultant to develop content for a sexual assault awareness and prevention education program, and interned for the sexual assault services office at Northern Virginia Community College.

Ana graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution where she served as a Peacebuilding Fellow, presented research on sex education in Indiana and policing in Fairfax County, Virginia and was honored with a Distinguished Scholar Award. In her free time, Ana enjoys reading fiction, playing with her puppy, and trying to find the perfect vanilla cake recipe.

Golnaz Fakhimi

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigration Detention Accountability Project

Golnaz Fakhimi

Golnaz has worked with and for structurally marginalized immigrant clients and communities across a wide spectrum of contexts and strategies. Her experience and expertise encompass deportation defense, habeas corpus actions, civil rights actions, and technical assistance to movement leaders and partners.

From 2019 to 2021, Golnaz co-taught the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights clinic at the CUNY School of Law. Previously, she held positions as an Immigrants’ Rights Attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, a Staff Attorney at Appellate Advocates, an Immigration Staff Attorney with The Bronx Defenders, and a Staff Attorney with the International Justice Network.

Representing clients at the trial and appellate levels across a variety of administrative and judicial fora, training the next generation of advocates, and educating the public through trainings and media advocacy, Golnaz roots her practice in immigrant- and community-led movements for change.

Outside of work, Golnaz draws comfort and inspiration from nature, the ocean, especially.  These days she’s particularly into whales (and elephants)!

K. Morgan Stockman headshot

K. Morgan Stockman

Development Coordinator

K. Morgan Stockman

K. Morgan Stockman headshot

Morgan (she/they) is passionate about non-exploitative storytelling and disability justice.

Prior to CREEC, they worked with the Creative Arts Team (an arts-in-education nonprofit) for nearly six years as both a program manager and development professional. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education/Special Education from Rider University and an M.A. in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community & Social Contexts from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Outside of working hours you can find Morgan playing roller derby or at the gym working on their Olympic lifts (and whatever else their latest athletic interest is).