Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC) was formed in 1998 to respond to the needs of at-risk families and children in Northwest DC. With support from the D.C. child welfare agency, then under receivership, GAFSC engaged residents, conducted needs assessments and developed a governance body in the target areas. In 2002, the Collaborative became a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. GAFSC is one of five Healthy Families Thriving Communities (HFTC) Collaboratives in the District of Columbia. Although these nonprofit organizations focus primarily on their communities and therefore are Ward-based, we work collectively to plan programs and services, advocate for low-income families, and implement and maintain common practice standards.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of private, nonprofit and public sector business leaders, faith-based leadership, private practitioners in psychology and pediatrics, a licensed Lead Mental Health Therapist and retired GAFSC Clinical Director, and a bilingual Immigration and Housing Advocacy Specialist.   Most of our Board members live, work, or worship in Ward 4.

Senior Management

Our Senior Management Team works together to balance risk and innovation, anticipate future needs and opportunities to serve the DC community, and seeks to ensure the organization’s sustainability.  With over 60+ years of combined management experience, they guide GAFSC with passion, enthusiasm, innovation, and undying commitment.


Our diverse staff includes Leadership Team staff, program, and administrative bilingual members who can serve Spanish and Amharic-speaking clients.

Debra B. Gittens

Chief Executive Officer, Master of Social Work

Katrina Coates

Chief Program Office, Master of Social Work, LICSW

Anab Warsame

Master of Management Organizational Development, Human Resources Director

Albert Brown

Bachelor Degree, Management Information Systems (MIS); Operations Manager

Our Service Areas