Deborah Shore

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. 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.

James Beck

Vice President of Planning, Development and Evaluation

James Beck has 20 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.

Patrick Gusman

Chief Operating Officer

Patrick Gusman has three decades of interesting and varied roles including as a corporate lawyer, as a global operations and strategy expert for a major vehicle manufacturer, as the Chief Innovation Officer and social media evangelist for the National Urban League, and as a founder of tech education start ups.  He established a financial services subsidiary for Chrysler in France, launched the inaugural social media strategy at the National Urban League (www.iamempowered.com), and founded Startup Middle School.  He brings his many skills and capacities to SBY and will be working to strengthen the central administrative functions and grow strategic partnerships. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Sheila Clark

Chief of Programs

Sheila Strain Clark has over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership focusing on children, youth, and families. Prior to Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Sheila was the Associate Director of Public Programs at Equal Justice Works, an organization dedicated to mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. At Equal Justice Works, Sheila managed over $7,000,000 in federal grants including three AmeriCorps grants that engaged over 800 students and lawyers in service. Proceeding Equal Justice Works, Sheila was the Program Manager of the DC YouthLink Initiative at the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). In that role, she managed over $6,000,000 in city funds for a nationally awarded juvenile justice program focused on improving public safety and increasing positive outcomes for court-involved youth. Prior to DYRS, she held various leadership positions at non-profit organizations across the District of Columbia including Division Director with the United Planning Organization, Executive Director with the Northwest Church Family Network, and Assistant Director with the North Capitol Collaborative.

Amy Driver

Director of Evaluation

Board Of Directors
Tracy M. Bernstein, Chair

Consultant, Fundraiser, Community Leader

Christopher Addison, Vice Chair

Principal, Addison/Ripley Fine Art

Shaunda Patterson-Strachan, Secretary

Shareholder, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.

W. Dean Smith, Treasurer

Senior Advisor, Chevy Chase Trust

Peter Anthony


Don Auerbach

Chief of Government Affairs, Investment Company Institute

Constance L. Bruce


John Crain

Community Leader

Ann Dibble Jordan

Community Leader

Larry Fullerton

Retired Attorney

Edgar N. James

Attorney, James & Hoffman

Michael S. Mandel

Partner / Attorney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Waldo G. McMillan, Jr.

Founder & Managing Director, Capstone Counsel Group

Nate Oleson

Partner / Attorney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Liska Radachi

Major Gifts Officer, Smithsonian Institution

Lee Satterfield

Executive Vice President, Meridian International Center

Sarah Schaffer

Editorial Director, HZDG, Inc.

Sandra Smith McCoy


David Tolson

CEO, DBT-Data Holdings, Inc.

Bob Wulff

Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, George Mason University