Meet our founder
From foster care to Excecutive
Naketa Ross is the epitome of resiliency.
She founded ResilientMe, a researched based, trauma informed program to assist young adults in preparing to age out of foster care.
Naketa spent the majority of her childhood being bounce from foster home to home, never acquiring the skills needed to successfully transition into adult life. As a result she experienced homelessness with her infant daughter.
Upon moving to Arizona Naketa began working with marginalized youth as a social worker.
It is during her work with youth that Naketa realized the gap in services provided for youth leaving foster care ages 15-21.This inspired her to start a non-profit to fill the void left by legislators and organizations.
Naketa currently serves as an elected official on the Governing Board for Phoenix Union High School District. She is a proud military mom as well as a mother of a child with special needs.
It is her focus and purpose to make systematic changes for those who are over-looked and underrepresented.
Having grown up in foster care, she understands what it is like to not have the resources and representation needed to be a successful adult.
Naketa relates to individuals who have experienced the trauma of homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect. It’s her life experiences that drive Naketa to be the change she didn’t see growing up.