Director of Youth and Family Solutions
Fatima joined Search Institute in 2017 to provide strategic leadership and oversee development and coordination of the Relationships for Outcomes Initiative (ROI). In her role as Director of Youth and Family Solutions she provides strategic and tactical leadership in Search Institute’s youth and family focused service area. She works closely with youth and family serving community organizations across the U.S. who are focused on improving youth outcomes by building developmental relationships with and among young people. Fatima also consults with youth-serving agencies to build their capacity to provide high-quality youth programming and advance racial equity. In her more than 20 years in youth development, Fatima has an extensive background in program development and evaluation, project management, community outreach and engagement.
Before coming to Search, Fatima was the Director of Workforce Development for a local nonprofit for under-served youth and adults in North Minneapolis and the Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods. She led strategy and operations for the Workforce Development department, and built and maintained relationships with policy and philanthropic sectors.
Prior to that, she led the vision and strategic direction of the citywide out-of-school time system for the City of Minneapolis. Fatima was instrumental in building the infrastructure that supports a citywide approach for Minneapolis youth to have access to safe, quality opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.
A skilled facilitator and trainer, Fatima has provided technical assistance to a number of local and national county-based human service systems and youth-serving organizations. She also serves as a consultant assisting youth-serving agencies to build their capacity in order to provide high-quality youth programming and advance racial equity.