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Shana Bartley

Senior Policy Analyst

Shana Bartley joins the staff of DC Action as a Senior Policy Analyst. She brings experience in policy analysis, advocacy and direct service. As a native of the Washington-Metropolitan area, she is passionate about closing the achievement gap and improving the lives of all DC children.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in 2011 from Washington University in St. Louis, Shana began working in DC as a youth organizer and program coordinator assisting teen women in their efforts to advocate for improved access to health education and services. This work included coordinating an afterschool program in local public and public charter high schools as well as a summer program to help teens build skills and capacity as individuals and community advocates.

These experiences inspired her to learn more about how health, education, and other policies intersect and influence outcomes for children and their communities. In 2013, Shana began a graduate program in order to strengthen her skills. She is currently completing a Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She is excited to be a part of a team working to support DC’s youngest residents.

HyeSook Chung

Executive Director

For the past 17 years, HyeSook Chung has worked to improve the lives of children through direct service, program management, philanthropy and advocacy. HyeSook has worked for various nonprofit organizations focusing on the areas of child care, early childhood development, welfare-to-work and school readiness.

In the fall of 2007, she began consulting for Washington Area Women's Foundation to support the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative and the DC State Board of Education. While supporting the Collaborative, she worked with corporations and foundations to design and implement goals, programmatic design and grantmaking strategies for the Collaborative. For the DC State Board of Education, she conducted a preliminary Birth to Three Needs Assessment.

Earlier in her career, much of HyeSook's work was training and assisting family support workers, home visitors and outreach workers in community-based programs in the greater Boston area. In addition, HyeSook worked with the Head Start Quality Improvement Center and the Early Head Start Resource Center supporting the Early Head Start programs throughout the country.

HyeSook serves on numerous advisory boards focused on social change and outcomes for children, including the Annie E. Casey’s KIDS COUNT steering committee, DC Medical Care Advisory Committee, the Home Visitation Council and DATA KIND.

She is a proud mother of two DCPS students.


Rebecca Kellett

Policy Intern

Rebecca Kellett joins the staff at DC Action as a Policy Intern for the 2014-2015 school year. She is currently working toward her Masters in Social Work at Catholic University and brings experience from the fields of social work and education.

Rebecca began working with children as a volunteer in an academic summer camp at the age of 12. Since then, she has continued to pursue her love for children and education in various different settings. Upon graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Sociology, Rebecca moved to DC and began working at a special education school. Shortly after, she decided to pursue her MSW, being drawn to the idea that she could create change beyond the individual level. Last year she interned at the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project working in their teen program at DC General Emergency Family Shelter. She served as a case manager and support system for teens living in the shelter, attempting to address their immediate or long-term needs.

Rebecca is excited to combine the individual level perspective from her previous roles with the institutional change focus at DC Action. She is particularly interested in educational policy as a means to enhance the lives of DC’s youth.

Tim Vance

Policy Analyst

Tim joins the staff at DC Action as a Policy Analyst. He is a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Education Policy. His work is focused on using data to support the development of sustainable and effective models for the delivery of comprehensive educational services, focusing particularly on early childhood. In the spring of 2014, Tim worked with DC Action for Children to complete his graduate capstone project, a pilot study on the barriers to accessing high quality early childhood education for the Latino community in Washington, DC. Before graduate school, Tim worked at Higher Achievement, an afterschool and summer enrichment program for middle school youth.

Having lived in Maryland and the District growing up, Tim is excited to have the opportunity to be back in Washington, DC, working with DC Action to support the city’s young children and youth.