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Beatriz Otero

Picture of BB Otero, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

Appointed Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services by District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in February 2011, Beatriz “BB” Otero oversees ten health and human services city agencies responsible for the delivery of services to the district’s residents. Her office supports the Mayor in coordinating a comprehensive system of benefits, goods and services across multiple agencies to ensure that children, youth, and adults, with and without disabilities, can lead healthy, meaningful and productive lives.

BB is the founder and former President and CEO of CentroNía, an award-winning educational organization that has been serving children and families in the District of Columbia since its founding in 1986.  Under her leadership the organization developed a nationally recognized bilingual early childhood program serving over 500 children; established DC Bilingual Public Charter School, an elementary school for 400 children; and launched a state-of-the-art bilingual child and family center in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Today, the organization serves over 3,300 children each year.  

BB is a skilled and dedicated leader who has worked for over 35 years on behalf of children, youth and families in the Washington Metropolitan community and beyond.  In 2006, BB was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation and the German Marshall Fund to participate in a month-long, transatlantic dialogue on migration in Bellagio, Italy.  In 2003, she was appointed to serve on the Child Welfare Panel of the State of New Jersey, responsible for oversight of its Child Welfare Reform Plan.  Prior to joining city government, BB served on numerous boards including the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, the Equal Rights Center, the Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, the Board of Governor’s at Howard University Hospital, and she is a founding member of the DC Public Charter School Board.

A native of Bolivia, BB is a long-time resident of the District of Columbia and a highly recognized policy maker, community leader and activist. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Leadership Washington’s Betty Whaley Leadership Award, the Association of Hispanic Employees Leadership Award, the Hispanic Bar Association’s Hugh Johnson Memorial Award for Social Justice, the DC Action for Children’s Public Service Award and was named Washingtonian of the Year in 2000.  She holds a degree in Education from the University of Maryland and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities.

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