- Parent and Chief of Programs, Sacha Bruce Youthwork
Sheila Strain Clark, LICSW is committed to empowering youth, families, and communities. A native of the Philadelphia area, she came to Washington, DC to attend the University of Maryland and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. However her passion for helping others, coupled with student leadership activities, led her to pursue social work and obtain a Masters in Social Work from Howard University. She has managed 35+ grant funded initiatives including an award winning juvenile justice program and raised over $10,000,000 in grant funding throughout her career. She has designed, implemented, and monitored programs grounded in best practice in the areas of youth homelessness, juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse prevention, and employment. Mrs. Clark has held a variety of leadership positions at local non-profit organizations including Executive Director at the Northwest Church Family Network, Division Director at the United Planning Organization, Assistant Director at Equal Justice Works, and served as a Program Manager at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Currently Mrs. Clark is the Chief of Programs at Sasha Bruce Youthwork and is responsible for programmatic strategy, oversight, and quality assurance for Sasha Bruce’s continuum of care that spans from prevention to emergency services to those focused on self-sufficiency. She oversees a portfolio of 19 programs and a division of over 100 employees. Mrs. Clark has presented at a variety of conferences and seminars on topics relating to homelessness, juvenile justice, and community-based practice. Mrs. Clark is married and is the mother of two boys that attend DC Public Schools.