Emergency Preparedness Specialist
(202) 552-2333

Ashton Pallitto joined the DCPCA team as the Emergency Preparedness Specialist with the Quality Improvement Department in April 2020. Prior to joining DCPCA, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. During her time in at the university, she worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home facility and then, as a patient care technician in a hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Eventually, Ashton became a patient access specialist at the UPMC Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and managed - both recipient and donor - liver and kidney transplant evaluations and appointments.


Currently, Ashton is finishing her Master of Public Health in Disaster Management at Tulane University. While in New Orleans, she worked for the Tulane University Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response as an intern where she coordinated trainings, assisted in emergency and continuity planning, and led the social media crisis and emergency risk communication platforms. In addition, Ashton worked for the New Orleans Health Department as an intern where she applied evidence-based practices to mitigate a Hepatitis A outbreak and implement a mass vaccination intervention, and taught hurricane preparedness to vulnerable communities in the New Orleans area.