Joel Odimba

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Regional Administrator for Region 5

Joel Odimba, PhD, ACSW

Joel Odimba began his public service career in 1991 as a Clerk-Typist for the Tacoma office after volunteering several months as transporter for foster children. Since then, he has served in field operations as a Social Worker, Social Work Supervisor, Area Administrator and Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator. In 2007, Joel served briefly as Deputy Director of the Casey Family Programs, Seattle Field Office before returning to the former Children's Administration as Deputy Director of Field Operations, while simultaneously serving as Regional Administrator for Region 4 King County.

A visionary and inspirational leader, Joel has served as a change agent and stabilizer at various points in the administration. He values trust, respect and transparency and has leadership experience in staff development, diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, disproportionality, systems integration and accountability in child welfare.

Joel believes in innovative practices, trying new approaches, data informed leadership and continuous quality improvement. A few of his many accomplishments include practice improvement in multiple regions, managing federal investigation and requirements for WA State compliance in King County, reduction of the child welfare population in King County, Indian Child Welfare practice improvement and implementation of structures designed to improve or increase child welfare outcomes.

Joel holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services/Non-Profit Management from Capella University, Master of Social Work from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice from Central Washington University. He also completed the Executive leadership training at Harvard University and Georgetown University.