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Steven LaFrance, MPH
Steven LaFrance, MPH Steven LaFrance, MPH is the founder and CEO of Learning for Action (www.learningforaction.com), a social sector consulting firm providing strategy, evaluation and capacity-building services. Over the past 20 years, Steven has worked with hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies to strengthen the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of their efforts to address social, economic and health inequities.
Steven is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of performance management and organizational effectiveness, and is an expert in developing systems, processes, and cultures that support the use of data and insights to drive decisions that maximize social impact. He is regularly sought out to present at convenings across the U.S. and abroad on the topics of innovative approaches to evaluation and learning, as well as integrating outcomes-based approaches into strategy development.
Steven also serves as an external evaluation and learning partner for several philanthropies, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (with their Population and Reproductive Health program), Unbound Philanthropy (dedicated to ensuring that migrants and refugees families are able to contribute fully and thrive in their new communities), Silicon Valley Community Foundation (in the strategic areas of education, economic security, and immigration), and 11th Hour Project (dedicated to developing more responsible relationships with the world's water, energy, and food resources).
Steven also currently serves, in collaboration with LeadWell Partners, as an instructional lead and coach for PropelNext, an innovative capacity-building initiative of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation that helps promising youth development nonprofits boost their impact on young people’s lives through intensive support to increase their culture and practice of learning for continuous program improvement. Steven’s content expertise covers diverse issue areas including early childhood education, K-12 education, youth development, juvenile justice, health, homelessness, community economic development, environmental education, and organizational development and effectiveness.
Before founding Learning for Action, Steven was a case manager for homeless youth and conducted health-related ethnographic research in Los Angeles and Mexico. Steven received Masters-level graduate training in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Steven also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for First Place for Youth, a California-based agency that helps foster youth transition to successful adulthood. www.learningforaction.com
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