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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.
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 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.
Human Resources Director
40th Anniversary Celebration
A Night of Rockjazz
Awaiting Placement Program
Beet Street Gardens Partnership
Independent Living Program
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Project Safe Place
Randall Community Center
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 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)
Transitional Housing Program
V Street Permanent Housing Program
Youth Advisory Board
Zocalo Outreach Program
Consultant, Fundraiser, Community Leader
Psychiatric Social Worker, Private Practice
Investment Manager, Capital Group Companies
Principal, Addison/Ripley Fine Art
Philanthropist and Community Activist
Principal, Travis Brown, LLC
Interior Designer, Jane Cafritz Antiques and Interiors
Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP
Attorney, James & Hoffman
President, WellNet Healthcare
Partner / Attorney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Shareholder, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, George Mason University