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Kareemah Abdullah is the Director of the National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute (Institute) and the Vice President of Training Operations for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in Alexandria, Virginia. The Institute established by Congress under the Drug- Free Communities Support Act is administered by the Executive Office of the President, Whitehouse Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and managed by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Institute is “both a vehicle for coalition-specific substance abuse prevention, policy development and a center for coalition training, technical assistance, evaluation, research and capacity building.”
Abdullah is responsible for executive and strategic direction of the Institute with an emphasis on the development of coalitions serving economically disadvantaged areas throughout the United States, territories and tribal communities. As the Vice President for Training Operations, Kareemah is the chief architect for CADCA’s youth programs, featuring the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI), military services including CADCA’s VetCorps Program, as well as fee-for-service operations. Abdullah also served as the Vice President for Development accountable for CADCA’s strategic partnership and resource procurement.
For seven years, Ms. Abdullah was the Institute’s Deputy Director for Training and Technical Assistance. Under her leadership, the National Coalition Academy was created in partnership with the National Guard Bureau and its Regional Counter-drug Training School Network. The Academy and other components of the Institute’s comprehensive national training delivery system, established by Abdullah, was designed to provide substantial support to communities throughout the nation. This drug demand reduction system represents the largest sustained training and technical assistance undertaking in CADCA’s, ONDCP’s and SAMHSA’s history. The Institute’s systems change training model is used in local, state, regional and international settings.
Previously, Abdullah, a Certified Prevention Specialist Level 4, served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Prevention Credentialing Consortium for the State of Georgia and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Prevention Coalition, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she had a successful corporate career that spanned more than 20 years.
Kareemah has presented papers internationally as a US delegate on the Institute’s independently-evaluated population-level change model and the highly acclaimed NYLI. She has acquired and leveraged millions of federal, state, local and private dollars and other resources via contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, workforce development and interagency collaborations. Kareemah Abdullah is a distinguished administrator, master trainer, facilitator and coach, effective interviewer, broadcast moderator, talk show host and keynote speaker.