Board Member Named Deputy Mayor for Health

WASHINGTON (Feb. 8) -- Beatriz "B.B." Otero, founder of CentroNia, a Columbia Heights multicultural learning center, and a member of the Howard University Hospital Board of Governors, has been named the District of Columbia's deputy mayor for health and human services.

As deputy mayor, Otero will oversee agencies with annual budget of $3 billion, the largest financial responsibility for any deputy mayor.

She said she would resign from her nonprofit and from several other boards, including Howard University Hospital.

Otero built CentroNia from a group that served 15 children in a church in 1986 to an organization that helps 3,000 children and has expanded to include a charter school.

Howard University Hospital CEO and President Larry Warren said the mayor made an exceptional decision in choosing Otero to head heath and human services.

“We are sure that she will do an outstanding job,” Warren said, “but she will be sorely missed as one of the people who has provided superb leadership as a member of our board of governors.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Otero's work with families qualified her for the position.

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