• Deborah Shore

    Executive Director and Founder

    As founder and executive director of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Deborah Shore has led groundbreaking work in youth and family service development in the District of Columbia. Through three decades of mission-driven work, Ms. Shore and SBY have developed a deep understanding of the needs of troubled youth and families and unsurpassed expertise to meet these needs. Her vision for empowering at-risk and homeless youth through a competency-based approach to counseling and supportive services has been enhanced through the recruitment and training of an exceptional staff and the development of strong management systems to ensure that SBY’s work meets the highest standards of quality and cost-effectiveness. Ms. Shore has received several awards for her leadership in the nonprofit sector, most recently a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Network for Youth.

  • Vera Johnson-Bowlding

    Managing Director of Community Programs and Engagement

    Vera Johnson-Bowlding has worked at SBY since 1977 and currently serves as the organization’s director of community programs and engagement. Ms. Johnson-Bowlding has filled several leadership roles at SBY including supervisor, trainer and program developer and her contributions over three decades have been central to making SBY a premiere provider of youth and family services in the nation’s capital. Ms. Johnson-Bowlding has served on many boards and committees, including the Consortium for Child Welfare, the Consortium for Youth Services, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, the South Washington Family Strengthening Collaborative, and the DC HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee. She has a master’s degree in counseling and LGSW accreditation.

  • James Beck

    Development Director

    James Beck has 15 years of executive experience in the nonprofit human services sector. His commitment to mission-driven service organizations is demonstrated by his participation on several nonprofit boards in San Francisco and Maryland. Mr. Beck’s core expertise is in fundraising, design, implementation, and evaluation of strategic initiatives and programs, contract compliance, community relations, board development and organizational governance. A founder of a medically monitored syringe exchange specifically for homeless youth, Mr. Beck received a Master’s Degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco.

  • Alice Randall

    Human Resources Director

  • Ginny Hughes

    Clinical Director


  • 40th Anniversary Celebration

  • A Night of Rockjazz

  • Art Therapy

  • Awaiting Placement Program

    George Johnson

    Program Manager

  • Beet Street Gardens Partnership

  • Chloe House

    Oliver Carter

    Program Manager

  • Independent Living Program

    Marilaine Francisco

    Program Manager

  • Olaiya’s Cradle

    Stacy Snow

    Program Manager

  • P.O.W.E.R. Program

    Omotunde Sowole

    Program Manager

  • Prevention Center

    Charles Dark

    Program Manager

  • Project Safe Neighborhoods

    Dan Davis


  • Project Safe Place

  • Promise Place

    Robert Bell

    Program Manager

  • Randall Community Center

  • Re*Generation House

    Mercides Daley

    Program Manager


    George Johnson


    George Johnson began his professional tenure at SBY at the Bruce House shelter in 1987. He coordinates and supervises several congregate care programs aimed at stabilizing youth and reuniting them with stable living situations. Mr. Johnson is an active speaker at public events.

  • Richardson Youth Center

  • Rites of Passage

  • Sasha Bruce House

    LaShelle Richmond

    Program Manager

    LaShelle Richmond serves as the Clinical Coordinator for SBY’s Dating Violence Prevention Project and its Bruce House Shelter. She has worked with the organization since 2000, first as a residential counselor at the agency’s short term emergency shelter, and then from 2002 to 2004 as the Program Director for the REACH (Residential Empowerment Adolescent Community Home) Program. As Clinical Coordinator, Ms. Richmond oversees all aspects of the counseling services for runaway youth and she assists with new SBY project development. An LICSW, Ms. Richmond’s previous experiences with SBY’s male pre-adjudicated population as the Program Director of REACH give her significant insight into designing approaches to target SBY’s young men.

  • Substance Abuse Initiative

  • Summer Enrichment Program

  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

    Melva Williams


  • Transitional Housing Program

    Katrina Floyd

    Program Manager

  • V Street Permanent Housing Program

  • Workforce Development

    Kenneth Walker


  • Youth Advisory Board

  • Youth-Led

    Todd Elliot


  • YouthBiz

  • Zocalo Outreach Program

Board of Directors

  • Tracy M. Bernstein, chair

    Consultant, Fundraiser, Community Leader

  • Judy Lansing Kovler, PhD, vice chair

    Psychiatric Social Worker, Private Practice

  • W. Dean Smith, treasurer

    Investment Manager, Capital Group Companies

  • Ann Jordan, secretary

    Community Leader

  • Christopher Addison, chair, fundraising committee

    Principal, Addison/Ripley Fine Art

  • Elizabeth Stevens, chair emeritus

    Philanthropist and Community Activist

  • Peter Anthony


  • Elana Broitman


  • Travis Brown, Jr.

    Principal, Travis Brown, LLC

  • Constance L. Bruce


  • Jane Rosenthal Cafritz

    Interior Designer, Jane Cafritz Antiques and Interiors

  • Nicole Cosby


  • Larry Fullerton

    Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP

  • Edgar N. James

    Attorney, James & Hoffman

  • Keith Lemer

    President, WellNet Healthcare

  • Michael S. Mandel

    Partner / Attorney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Waldo G. McMillan Jr.


  • Shaunda Patterson-Strachan

    Shareholder, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.

  • Lee Satterfield

    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

  • Brian P. Woolfolk


  • Bob Wulff

    Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, George Mason University

  • Sandra Smith McCoy


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