Chief Innovation Officer

Joined First Place: 2013

Erika Van Buren oversees our Evaluation and Learning Department and is responsible for leading the design, utilization, and maintenance of our performance management system. She crafts and implements the internal evaluation agenda for the agency, and works closely with program leadership to identify and roll-out best and evidence-supported strategies to improve practice and our impact on the youth we serve. Her work supports and improves the capacity of First Place programs, the Board of Directors, funding partners, and First Place advocacy efforts. In addition, her work advances the organization’s capacity for external evaluation and expansion.

Erika previously served as Director of Research for the Family Service Agency of San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.