Steven LaFrance, MPH

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Steven.LaFrance@learningforaction.com 

Over the past 20 years, Steven has provided evaluation, strategy, and capacity-building services to hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies. 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. Most recently, Steven serves Evaluation and Learning partner for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health program as well as for Unbound Philanthropy, a foundation dedicated to ensuring that migrants, refugees, and their families are treated with respect and dignity, are able to contribute fully in their new communities, and can thrive. Steven also currently serves as an instructional lead and coach for PropelNext, an innovative capacity-building initiative 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 consulting, Steven was a case manager for homeless youth and conducted ethnographic research in Mexico. Steven 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 foster youth transition to successful adulthood.