As Chief Impact and People Officer, Emily Jensen provides oversees both the day-to-day operations and the broad strategic vision of the full continuum of First Place programs. Within the senior leadership team, she helps set the agency’s strategic direction, shape policy priorities, monitor relevant shifts in the regional and national landscape, and develop systems and relationships to that support expansion. Her role includes direct supervision the Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Education and Employment, the Director of Human Resources, and the Director of Contracts and Compliance.
Emily has a total of ten years experience within the organization, having returned to First Place in 2015 after a previous term from 2007 to 2012. She originally joined the organization as the Regional Manager for Solano and Contra Costa Counties, later serving as Regional Director of Programs for Northern California and, mostly recently, Vice President of Programs. Emily has also worked worked with programs that serve at-risk populations in Chicago, Illinois. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California.