2018 - Naketa Ross

Naketa Ross is a long-time advocate for the wellness of Arizona families and children. She currently serves on the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board for Ward 1.  As a foster care child, Naketa learned the importance of education to empowering young people and setting the groundwork for their future success.

Naketa has focused her career on advocating for marginalized youth. The gap in services provided for young people leaving the foster care system inspired her to establish a non-profit to address that lack of support. She is a founder of ResilientMe, a research-based, trauma-informed program to educate at-risk youth in building resilient life skills.

Naketa is a proud military mom and the mother of a child with special needs who attends school in the Phoenix Union High School District. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and has always been very active in her community and an advocate for children and families. Naketa’s life experiences drive her to be the change she didn’t see while growing up in the foster care system, and she has used her education and advocacy experience to ensure every student at Phoenix Union High Schools is given the opportunities they need to reach their potential.