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Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar

Home Visiting Policy Fellow

Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar serves as the Bainum Family Foundation Home Visiting Policy Fellow at DC Action. After completing her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011, Ruqiyyah’s served as an AmeriCorps member to provide college coaching for low-income, first-generation high school students. Her AmeriCorps service exposed her to the systemic obstacles that at-risk women, children and families face in achieving positive health, educational, and economic outcomes.

 

This experience inspired her to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, with coursework and research focused on health, gender and family policy. Her educational background coupled with her recent experience working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on disease prevention policy for primarily disparate populations and her community service in at-risk communities has given her work the benefit of a lens built on a combination of direct service and policy analysis. She is excited to apply that lens to work serving DC children.

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Shana Bartley

Director of Programs and Legislative Affairs

Shana Bartley serves as Director of Programs and Legislative Affairs at DC Action. She brings experience in policy analysis, advocacy and direct service. Her work focuses on child and maternal health, child abuse and neglect prevention and organizational development and capacity-building.

Following her undergraduate studies, 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. As a native of the Washington-Metropolitan area, she is passionate about closing the achievement gap and improving the lives of all DC children. 

She holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

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HyeSook Chung

Executive Director

HyeSook Chung has worked to improve the lives of children through direct service, program management, philanthropy and advocacy for the past 20 years. She has consulted for and advised numerous organizations including the Washington Area Women's Foundation and DC State Board of Education. In addition, Ms. Chung worked with the Head Start Quality Improvement Center and the Early Head Start Resource Center providing technical assistance and consultation to Early Head Start programs throughout the country.

She serves on numerous advisory boards focused on social change and outcomes for children and families, including Annie E. Casey's KIDS COUNT National Steering Committee, DC's Department of Health Care Finance’s Medical Care Advisory Committee, DATA KIND, The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Community Museum, Planet Word and the Regional Education Laboratory Mid-Atlantic Governing Board. She is a member of the Leadership Council for the Collaborative + The Classys.

In addition to having expertise on issues that affect young children, she is a data and technology enthusiast whose innovative vision for data work has been highlighted at IMB Insight Data Conference, the list of Rockefeller Foundation’s Top 100 Innovative NGO’s, Unicef, The Classys and SXSW Education.

She received a Master of Social Work from Boston University with a concentration in non-profit management. She is a proud mother of two DCPS students.

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Erica Dean

Data and Research Manager

Erica serves as the Data and Research Manager at DC Action. She arrived here after working as a Policy Analyst in Hartford, CT. While in Connecticut, her work centered around advocating for low-income youth and their families, focusing largely on the effects of parental incarceration on children. In addition to her position at DC Action, she is also pursuing her PhD in Social Welfare from the State University of New York at Albany. Her academic research focuses on qualitatively examining the perceptions and believed effects that drug testing policies for welfare application and receipt will have on low-income individuals and their families.

She received her BS in Psychology from Union College in 2007 and, following the completion of her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009, she worked at Yale University for two years as a research assistant. This work, which was located at a local Veterans Affairs Hospital, centered around best practices and treatment for veterans with co-morbid substance use disorders and PTSD.

Erica is excited to continue to advocate for child and family success in the DC area through the lenses of data, policy analysis and program evaluation. 

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Adrienne Lloyd

Program Associate

Adrienne Lloyd joins the DC Action staff as a Program Associate. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in 2015 from Washington University in St. Louis, Adrienne worked to articulate and advance the missions of progressive nonprofit organizations at a social change communications agency in the District of Columbia. She is eager to couple her nonprofit communications and writing skills with her experience working with economically-disadvantaged youth in order to advance DC Action’s mission to improve not only opportunities, but outcomes. Adrienne is especially passionate about digging deep into the intersection of health and education so that interventions work collaboratively in order to best serve youth in the District.

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