Leadership at First Place for Youth

Odette Vandaveer

Director of Communications

Joined First Place: 2021

As the Director of Communications, Odette manages the First Place brand voice and the strategic communication of key messages to our stakeholders, including funders, policy-makers, potential partners, media, and internal stakeholders. She works closely with the First Place leadership team partnering to support various communications and marketing initiatives to build capacity for extended foster care throughout our network.

Previously to First Place for Youth, Odette served on the executive team at Youth Homes as the organization’s Marketing & Communications Director. Odette brings over ten years of experience in the Marketing and Communications field. She has a background in clinical social work with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a BA in Psychology, both from UC Berkeley. Odette is an avid volunteer and Board Member of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay.

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