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. In 2012, she was given the prestigious Champions of Change Award from the White House for her ongoing work in preventing youth homelessness. In 2014, Shore was inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame in recognition of her historic contributions to civic and community development in the nation’s capital. Washingtonian Magazine also cited Shore’s leadership by designating her as a 2016 Washingtonian of the Year.
Vice President of Planning, Development and Evaluation
James Beck has 25 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.
Chief of Programs
Donnell Potts was promoted to Chief of Programs in 2019. Prior to this role, Potts directed the Sasha Bruce House emergency shelter. He began his career in human services in 2004 as a teacher in the family home program at Boys Town. Along with his wife, they cared for more than 80 troubled youth. In 2012, Potts was promoted to Director of Residential Services at Boys Town. He spearheaded a collaboration with court social services and established the “Cool House” program in the District. During his career, Potts has received multiple accolades including Most Outstanding Youth Advocate in D.C. from the Consortium of Child Welfare in 2008, the P.G. County Outstanding Advocate, 2015, and Youth Advocate of the Year 2016, from Men of Change.
Director of Individual Giving
As Director of Individual Giving, Rico oversees the organization’s annual giving and major gifts program. Mr. Rico has more than ten years of experience working in the civil rights, education, healthcare, and social justice sectors where he has brought together caring philanthropists looking to make a difference in the lives of others in their community. He is committed to working with donors to help them meet their philanthropic goals, while supporting our efforts to end youth homelessness. Rico lives in Adams Morgan in DC, and is a proud Hoya with a BS and MA from Georgetown University.
Board Of Directors
John Crain, Chair
Principal, 452 Consulting
Christopher Addison, Vice Chair
Principal, Addison/Ripley Fine Art
Shaunda Patterson-Strachan, Secretary
Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Larry Fullerton, Treasurer
Principal, MA Investment Properties
Managing Director, Chevy Chase Trust
Chief Operating Officer, Investment Company Institute
Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
President & CEO, NIHCM LLC & NIHCM Foundation
Program Director, CareFirst
Kathryn E. Fletcher
Vice President, US Card Customer Acquisitions, Capital One
Waldo G. McMillan, Jr.
Founder & Managing Director, Capstone Counsel Group
Matthew Morton, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Partner / Attorney, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Executive Vice President, Meridian International Center
Heideh R. Shahmoradi
Partner, O’Keeffe Shahmoradi Strategies
Director, Equator Group
CEO, DBT-Data Holdings, Inc.
Timothy H. Watkins
Partner, Goulston & Storrs