Marla Dean

Executive Director

Dr. Dean is a passionate 27-year educator and community leader committed to the success and development of children and families in under-served communities. She has specific expertise in the whole child approach, turnaround school leadership, and continuous improvement, and is a strong advocate for excellence and equity in education. Dr. Dean is committed to supporting and mentoring women.


Michela Roberts

Development Specialist

Michela Roberts, MPP, is a policy and development specialist with experience in domestic and international non-profit organizations as well as UN and US government agencies. Michela is committed to community service work that maintains the dignity and prioritizes the voices of those who are under-served, and is passionate about connecting with, and supporting, other professionals.


Bright Beginnings, Inc.

Bright Beginnings is a non-profit organization that serves children under the age of six and their families who are experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. Bright Beginnings provides children with a safe, nurturing educational environment; prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn; and supports parents in stabilizing their home lives and becoming self-sufficient.

Social Assistance
3418 th Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20032