Naffeesa is a native of Rhode Island and brings her New York urban experience as a skilled and holistic-focused licensed clinical social worker and nonprofit leader to CAS. 

She has over 20 years of child welfare experience, including adoption, therapeutic foster care, family preservation, and juvenile justice services. Additionally, Naffeesa has worked with South Asian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and African communities related to child welfare in New York City.  Additional experience and specialties include child and family services, youth development, domestic violence, child/sex trafficking, early forced marriage, female gentile mutilation, mental health, case management, psycho-education groups and workshops, evidence-based practice, trauma-informed care, client advocacy, program development, and inter-agency partnerships.

“My passion and scholarly interests entail underserved and immigrant communities and access to resources for impoverished groups, particularly women and children. In my free time I enjoy cycling and always have time for a great read.  I also love spending time with my daughters.”

Naffeesa holds a Master of Social Work from Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, a Master of Science in nonprofit leadership from Fordham University in New York City, and is presently completing a Doctorate in Social Work, at Simmons University.