Khadija is the Executive Director for The New Foster Care, a non-profit organization in Southeast Michigan that serves youth who are transitioning out of foster care, provides supports to foster and adoptive families and services families at-risk before foster care is necessary. Khadija is also a co-founder and board President of Mission 1:17, a 501c3 that offers semi-independent housing, permanent relationships and life skills training for youth in foster care. She works with a dedicated team of people to provide intense supports to youth who live in Mission 1:17’s metro-Detroit homes.
Prior to this, Khadija served as the Director of Development & Community Partnerships under OLHSA for the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI), the state of Michigan’s program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. She has also been the principle partner at Fobbs & Walker Consulting for the past 15 years. Since 2003, Khadija has worked in a consulting role with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative around the implementation and development of a statewide program model for youth transitioning from foster care, serving over 2,500 youth across 64 counties in Michigan.
Khadija holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Khadija serves on the board of the Wayne State University TIP program; Program & Policy Committee member of the Judson Center Board, an executive board member of the Wayne County MYOI Community Partnership board; a member of the Diabetes Partners In Action Coalition (DPAC); former committee member of the Jim Casey Foundation National Evaluation team; a member of Inforum; and the University of Michigan Alumni Association.
She has been married for 18 years and is a proud mother of 3 wonderful children.