Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar

Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs

Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar serves as the Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs at DC Action. Her work combines her experience with direct service, coalition building, and policy research and analysis. In her role, she conducts research, advocacy, and coalition-building to promote policies that make DC a place where all children have equitable opportunities to thrive.


After completing her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011, Ruqiyyah served as an AmeriCorps member to support low-income, first-generation high school students in preparing for and applying to college. Her AmeriCorps service reinforced her understanding of the structural barriers that women, children and families face in achieving their full potential.

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 and her service in community 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.

Shana Bartley

Executive Director

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.

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.

Contact Us

DC Action for Children

1609 Connecticut Ave NW

Suite 400

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202-234-9404

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