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HyeSook Chung

Executive Director

For the past 16 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.

Before beginning a career in consulting, HyeSook worked at the National Association of Counties managing two grant-funded educational and technical assistance projects in the areas of early childhood development and school readiness. In addition, she coordinated activities for the presidential task force on early childhood development, which included working with a special task force of county commissioners.

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.


Shelby Bartemy

Operations/Communications Associate

A student at Georgetown University, Shelby Bartemy joins the staff of DC Action for Children with experience in early child care and education. Her previous work experience as a child care provider during the summers, along with her studies in policy, makes DC Action for Children a perfect fit for Shelby.

As a student, Shelby has continually been committed to helping children. During high school, she began working at a local preschool center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland as a volunteer teacher. Each summer after, she returned to this center, resulting in promotion to Assistant Director in the summer of 2012. In this position, she worked to improve the center through the updating of curriculum, management of teachers, revival of facilities and persistent efforts to increase student enrollment. This work experience broadened her understanding of the issues affecting children today.

Shelby continues her involvement as a DC resident by working as a peer mentor for adjudicated youth, student teaching in a local DC elementary school and serving as President of Clean Water H2OYAS, a group dedicated to fulfilling the basic right to clean water. Shelby is excited to continue this goal of improving the lives of all children through her work at DC Action for Children.

Jyothis Sreekumar

Research Fellow

As a Research Fellow, Jyothis Sreekumar supports DC Action for Children’s research, data and policy leadership on critical issues facing DC children and youth. His focus is on educational outcomes and issues that contribute to it.

Jyothis brings over four years of communications and project management experience in the consulting and non-profit sector. While working in the non-profit sector, he led the online visibility project for EQUATIONS, an advocacy organization working against exploitative tourism in India, and the monthly publication of the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a non-profit promoting civic engagement in urban India. His consulting experience focused on reducing staff attrition in client companies.

Jyothis has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland with a concentration in social policy. At Maryland his quantitative and qualitative analyses included exploring the effect of reducing student-teacher ratios on dropout rates in public school districts, assessing the difficulties in measuring the effect of discrimination on wage differentials and how and why states are implementing the K-12 English & Mathematics Common Core State Standards and the challenges to it.  

Andrea Vargas


Andrea Vargas joins us from Georgetown University. She is currently a junior majoring in Government and double minoring in Italian and Justice and Peace Studies. Her passion for social justice and combined interests in politics and policy has led her to focus on large-scale strategy development efforts and results-oriented programs. No doubt, DC Action for Children will be a home for her. As a Honduran native she is also interested in immigration issues for which she has lobbied in hopes of comprehensive reform.

Before working here, Andrea was a tutor at the Miami Learning Center where she worked directly with Miami-Dade public school students specializing in writing. She interned with Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program, Inc. helping to plan public events, coordinating outreach programs and leading organization effectiveness surveys of Miami’s leading 501(c)(3) foundation for at-risk public high school girls. 

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