As the Partnership Director, Abdulkhaliq’s role is to connect partnerships across umbrella areas, build staff capacity to facilitate high-quality partnerships, and work with the Assistant Research Professor to align partnership indicators with UNP mission & evaluation. Abdulkhaliq is from Somalia and moved to Utah in 2003. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree. He continued his education and received a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Utah in 2014. He is currently working on a second masters degree in City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. Abdulkhaliq has worked for UNP since 2006. He has presented at local, national, and international conferences and presented about bridging cultural gaps between systems and new arriving communities to decrease systemic barriers faced by new arriving populations. Abdulkhaliq is particularly interested in building connections and enriching the lives and values of people from all walks of life. He spends much of his time focusing on strengthening UNP’s partnership model as well as meeting with partners and stakeholders to build relationships and connections that will create sustainable partnerships, system level changes, and high quality programs and projects. Abdulkhaliq speaks Somali, English, and Swahili. He loves to spend time with his wife and four children.