Sam Cobbs

Nonprofit Fellow


Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth

Sam Cobbs, a national expert and policy advisor on the risks and obstacles of transition age foster youth, offers more than two decades of accomplishment-laden experience in the nonprofit arena. Cobbs has proven time and again his ability to design and implement programs that successfully improve outcomes and reduce poverty and homelessness amongst one of California’s most vulnerable populations.  

Since accepting the reins as Chief Executive Officer of First Place for Youth in 2005, Cobbs has helped grow the organization from $1.4 million in 2006 to 24 million in FY16. Under his leadership, the organization’s impact has increased significantly – serving approximately 500 youth in one location in 2005, to serving more than 3 youth across 6 counties in FY16.