Shana Bartley serves as Executive Director. 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.
Shana Bartley serves as executive director at DC Action. She leads the organization’s efforts to ensure that the District of Columbia is place where all children have the resources they need to reach their full potential. Ms. Bartley most recently served as the organization’s Director of Programs and Legislative Affairs. Prior to joining staff at DC Action, Shana worked 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.
Ms. Bartley works with the DC Action team to elevate the interests of children in the city by providing research, public education and technical assistance to other community-based organizations serving children and families. She also represents the organization on various cross-sector groups: she is chair of the DC Home Visiting Council, co-chair of the District of Columbia Department of Health-- Maternal and Child Health Advisory Council, a member of the Citizens’ Review Panel, and a commissioner on the District of Columbia State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council.
As a native of the Washington-Metropolitan area, she is passionate about eliminating disparities 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. In 2017, she completed a leadership development fellowship with the Annie E. Casey and David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Children’s Health Leadership Network.