Huge Win for DC Children and Families

Washington, DC – December 21, 2016 – Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed DC Action’s executive director, HyeSook Chung, as the new Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services on Monday, December 19, 2016.


The board of directors commends Chung for her leadership and contributions over the past seven years. During Chung’s tenure she created innovative partnerships and built DC Action’s reputation as a child advocacy organization focused on data-informed policymaking. Under her leadership, DC Action launched the online DC KIDS COUNT Data Tools – to visualize data and inform the delivery of high-impact services that improve the lives of DC children and families.


“We express our deepest gratitude to HyeSook for her leadership and devotion to DC Action,” said Warren Romine, chair of DC Action’s board of directors. “For seven years, HyeSook has been a true champion for child well-being in the District. We know she will continue to be a fierce advocate for DC children and families in her new role as deputy mayor.”


The board of directors has selected Shana Bartley to serve as Acting Executive Director of DC Action for Children. Bartley previously served as Director of Programs and Legislative Affairs at DC Action. Shana has been an integral part of DC Action for Children for years and has the full support of the board during this transition.  




Founded in 1992, DC Action for Children ( is a nonpartisan organization that provides data-based analysis and policy leadership on critical issues facing DC children and youth to promote policies and actions that optimize child and family well-being.


DC Action is the home of DC KIDS COUNT, which tracks key indicators of child well-being in the DC neighborhoods where children live, learn and grow.


Deputy Mayor HHS appointment press conference

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