Our Team

DC Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live.

We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action for Children seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people.


Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar

Director of Early Childhood

Ruqiyyah's 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.

Kimberly Perry

Executive Director

A former teacher turned lobbyist, Kimberly has spent her career dedicated to social justice. Her work has driven critical policy change to improve the lives of nearly 30 million children and families across the globe. As DC Action for Children's executive director, she has set a vision to achieve race equity in child policy; and is ramping up the organization's resources, human capital, and networks to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.

Prior to DC Action for Children, Kimberly founded two global, social enterprises; served as founding director of DC Hunger Solutions; vice president of the Clinton Foundation's Alliance for a Healthier Generation; co-creator of Girl Up; and executive director of DC Vote. She’s also been an advisor to campaigns, foundations and organizations on issue-based advocacy, citizen engagement, and social impact.

Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in child psychology, a master’s degree in urban education, and in 2017 earned an executive leadership certificate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Executive Education. 

Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hunger Center and the DC Community Housing Trust.

When she’s not working, you can find her at home perfecting recipes, producing documentaries, salsa dancing, or on a hiking trail. 

You can also find Kimberly on Linkedin and Twitter.


Speaking Engagements

To arrange a briefing on DC KIDS COUNT, please contact Kimberly Perry at kperry@dckids.org