Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar

Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs

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

As a former teacher turned lobbyist, Kimberly has spent her career at the intersection of poverty alleviation, children’s health, food policy, advocacy, and civic empowerment. Prior to DC Action for Children, Kimberly served as founding director of DC Hunger Solutions, vice president of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, executive director of DC Vote, and advisor to campaigns, foundations and organizations on issue-based advocacy, citizen engagement, and social impact portfolios.

Kimberly earned degrees in child psychology and urban education, and in 2017 earned an executive leadership certificate from the McDonough School of Business Executive Education at Georgetown University. 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 Kimberly at home perfecting recipes, exploring documentaries, salsa dancing, or on a hiking trail. 

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