Ghia Ridley Hobbs’ lifelong passion of helping those involved in the Criminal Justice system, began at age seven; the first time she went to work with her dad (a Warden of a Maximum-Security Institution and a pioneer of Reentry). There she met good people who made poor decisions and repeatedly found themselves back in custody. She determined very early that reducing recidivism, through effective Reentry, was her calling and the key to successful community reintegration.

Twenty-plus years of service in the field of Criminal Justice and Corrections (Adult and Juvenile) has earned her the reputation of being dedicated, committed, as well as being a person of integrity and excellence. Ghia’s endless quest draws her to positions and organizations aligned with her goal of empowering and improving the lives of formerly justice involved individuals. They include Reentry Specialist, Case Manager, Gender Responsive Specialist, Court Liaison, Trainer, Chief of Staff, Director of Behavioral Health (State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Services); Corrections Pre Auditor, Corrections Consultant, Project Manager, Reentry Program Developer, Chief Operating Officer (The Ridley Group and Associates, LLC) and Founder of the WBR Empowerment Legacy Foundation, Inc.

Consistent with her passion for Reentry, April 2020 Ghia joined the Securus Foundation as The Justice Agency Engagement Director. In this role she is responsible for educating, contracting, and managing the implementation of programs and services in partnership with Justice Agencies dedicated to the goal of successful reintegration!

Ghia holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology.