About Us


Deb Silva

Deb Silva

Executive Director
Deb Silva served as the Director of the Equal Justice Coalition from 2012-2016, within the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. Equal Justice Coalition's mission is to ensure civil legal assistance for low-income people in Massachusetts. Previously she served as the Director of Public Policy for AIDS Action Committee, Legislative Director for the Mass Law Reform Institute, and Legislative Aide to former state Rep. Carl Sciortino. Prior to that she had her own private law practice. She holds a law degree from Boston College. She lives in Arlington with her wife and two children.
Deb Silva

Julia Schutt

Policy Associate
Julia has a comprehensive background in qualitative and quantitative research methods that is complemented by her advocacy experience at various nonprofits focused on human rights and social welfare. Julia has a Masters in International Human Rights from the University of Denver, and has worked extensively on issues related to human rights in Colombia — including a year spent as a Human Rights Accompanier in many of the country's conflict affected regions. Prior to joining Appleseed in October 2016, Julia was involved in the Colombian peace process negotiations as a consultant and liaison at the United Nations.