Sam Cobbs

What Works Nonprofit Fellow & Moneyball All-Star

Former Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth

Sam currently serves as CEO of Tipping Point. Sam has been involved with Tipping Point Community since it began, serving as the CEO of First Place for Youth, a long-standing grantee, for 12 years. Under Sam’s leadership, First Place grew from an Oakland-based grassroots organization into one of the largest providers of housing and services for former foster youth in the United States. Sam is a recipient of the Children and Family Fellowship from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and was awarded the 2010 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. Sam has also served in leadership positions at Larkin Street Youth Services, Juma Ventures, and the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland. He has a Master’s in Counseling from California State University, East Bay. When he is not at work he is either hanging with his twin daughters or playing golf.