President & Chief Executive Officer | Steven LaFrance, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Steven LaFrance, MPH is the founder and President of Learning for Action.
Over the past 20 years, Steven
has provided evaluation, strategy, and capacity-building services to more than 500 nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies.
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 to drive decisions that maximize social impact.
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.
Most recently, Steven has led major national and global strategy development efforts for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and has developed a seminal toolkit for measuring the effectiveness of engagement through media for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Steven also currently serves as the instructional lead of a major nonprofit capacity-building initiative for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.
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 consulting, Steven was a case manager for homeless youth and conducted ethnographic research in Mexico.
received 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 former foster youth transition to successful adulthood.